Robert MacIntyre: Positive signs for Scot despite unlucky 13th

Robert Mac Intyre The 150Th Open

Bob MacIntyre was left to rue another unlucky encounter with the 13th on the Old Course as he breathed new life into his Open Championship campaign.

Out in the fourth group at St Andrews, the Oban man carded a three-under 69 to move into red figures for the milestone major, having made the cut on the number on Friday night.

Realistically, the 25-year-old is too far back to mount a title challenge on Sunday. And for that, he can blame the 13th. He dropped a shot there again today, having doubled and bogeyed it on Thursday and Friday respectively.

“It's golf," he said. “Some holes you love. Some holes you hate. I'm afraid that's one that I hate.”

• "Time to tackle golf's slow play problem"

• Tiger: This could be my last St Andrews Open

There were, though, many positives to take away from the round for the former European Tour ‘Rookie of the Year’.

In warm and generally benign conditions, he recovered from a bogey at the second to go out in 35. Birdies at the tenth, 14th and 16th continued the positive vibes. All told, it added up to his best score of the week so far with a Sunday shootout to come in his first major on home soil.

“I enjoyed it today because there was no consequence,” he added. “I was hitting shots I wouldn't have hit like yesterday. For instance, on 16, I hit driver down the left. Whereas yesterday I had to turn away on that hole because I just had to switch off from golf for a second to give me a bit of peace.

“But tomorrow is going to be absolutely brilliant. Hopefully, I'll go out a bit later and hopefully shoot a bit lower than today and get the crowd going.

• Mark Calcavecchia says goodbye to Open

• The graveyard shift at the 150th Open

“Last night, I was sitting at the dinner table just slouched. Didn't know what to do. I was trying to eat, but I was done. I could have curled up in a ball when I finished and cried.

“Obviously, it was good to make the cut, but we're wanting a few things in the game, and I'm starting to see signs that, as long as I commit to the work. It's good to test it on such a tough test.”

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

PGA Tour slammed over Cam Smith ruling row
Extinction Rebellion protestors vandalise golf courses amid water ban
Ewen Ferguson hails "unbelievable" win as dream season continues
Greg Norman hits back at Rory McIlroy over wins jibe
Muslim golf chief claims sport is “too restrictive”

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
A lesson for cack-handed golfers
play button
Increase your speed through the ball
play button
Control your rhythm and tempo
play button
Lengthen your backswing for more power
See all videos right arrow