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Robert MacIntyre insists his confidence has not been knocked by a three-over 75 in the opening round of the US PGA Championship.

The 24-year-old former European Tour ‘Rookie of the Year’ had two birdies, three bogeys and a double on a tough first day at Kiawah Island but, despite being disappointed with his score, he says he is keeping his chin up heading into day two.

“I felt like I played as good as I really could have, I just didn’t hole many putts,” said the Scot. “You get days like that, but no, there’s a lot of confidence to take from it. 

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“I didn’t miss many fairways. I think it was two fairways missed. So, a lot of confidence.”

MacIntyre, who finished in a tie for 12th on his Masters debut last month, added that the fearsome Ocean Course is “definitely [in the] top two” of the hardest courses he’s played in the United States.

“There’s just no let-off,” he added. “If you miss it, you’re in trouble. I hit one bad shot on 18 and I got punished big time. But it’s golf, and I get to get battered again tomorrow.

“I’m still as confident as I was at the start of the week. I’m playing great, I just need a couple of things to change.”

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Having wrapped up his round in time for lunch, MacIntyre has only one thing on his mind for Thursday afternoon: sleep.

“There’s no work getting done this afternoon,” he added. “It’s blowing over 20 miles an hour. Best place for me is in the apartment.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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