WATCH: Has Robert MacIntyre just hit the shot of the year?

Robert Mac Intyre Driver Off The Deck

It's fair to say Robert MacIntyre is having a seriously good rookie season.

Twelfth on the Race To Dubai, three runner-up finishes, into the world's top 100, over €1.3m in the bank, a stunning major debut... yeah, the Oban left-hander is clearly a man that's going places.

Of course, it helps considerably when you've got shots like this in your locker.

Playing in today's opening round of this week's Italian Open the 23-year-old hit what is surely one of the shots of the year on the European Tour.

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After crunching a drive on Olgiata Golf Club's 623-yard par-5 ninth - his 18th hole of the day - the Glencruitten man got up to his ball and again reached for his driver.

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The result? This spectacular 'off the deck' effort.

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Just listen to that noise - that's what you call "hitting it pure".

Afterwards, MacIntyre revealed on Twitter that his caddie, Greg Milne, hadn't been in favour of his bold approach.

That helped MacIntyre to close with a birdie for a two-under 69. The early leader, Finland's Tapio Pulkannen, is five shots better off on seven-under.

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