Robert MacIntyre exclusive: Chasing PGA Tour dream, missing out on the Ryder Cup and 2022 major targets | Golf News

In an extended interview with Sky Sports News, MacIntyre reflects on his ups and downs of 2021, his main ambitions for the year ahead and why he thinks he can make his Ryder Cup debut for Team Europe in 2023.

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Robert MacIntyre sits down with Sky Sports News to reflect on the ups and downs of his 2021 season, including a “special week” at The Masters and losing a PGA Tour card, as well as discussing his goals for next season.

Robert MacIntyre sits down with Sky Sports News to reflect on the ups and downs of his 2021 season, including a “special week” at The Masters and losing a PGA Tour card, as well as discussing his goals for next season.

Robert MacIntyre believes his 2021 season has been a success and insists he doesn’t regret the decision to chase a PGA Tour card instead of trying to qualify for the European Ryder Cup.

MacIntyre finished a ninth career record in the European Tour season standings, despite failing to record a win during the season, with a fourth place finish at the DP World Tour Championship, one of five world top-10s in the past 12 months.

The Scotsman was in a strong position to challenge his Ryder Cup debut after an eighth-place draw at the Open in July, only for MacIntyre who chose to chase a PGA Tour card over the summer instead of staying in Europe for try to earn vital qualification points.

Robert MacIntyre closes the year as number 55 in the world

Robert MacIntyre closes the year as number 55 in the world

MacIntyre failed in his attempt to earn PGA Tour gaming rights through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, missing the cut in both events, with the 25-year-old’s Ryder Cup hopes eventually culminating in another early exit. at the BMW PGA Championship: the final qualifying event.

“I decided to try and do what was best for my career and that is to play the Korn Ferry Tour Finals,” said MacIntyre. Sky Sports News. “I haven’t had the best of two weeks out there.

“You know what, looking back, if I had another chance to do it this year or next, would I do the same? Absolutely. Golf is an individual sport 99.9% of the time and everyone’s goal is to achieve a PGA Tour. card and compete against world players.

“I did my best and crashed a little, but we’ll have another chance. It was disappointing not to be there [the Ryder Cup], but in the end I didn’t play well enough when I had to. “

Robert MacIntyre won his only DP World Tour title at the Cyprus Showdown in November 2020

Robert MacIntyre won his only DP World Tour title at the Cyprus Showdown in November 2020

MacIntyre has dropped out of the world top 50 but has already confirmed a place in all the majors next year and has great ambitions, he wants to compete for one of the biggest prizes in golf and also already thinking about the prospect of qualifying for the Ryder Cup European team 2023.

“I’ve set my expectations very high,” added MacIntyre. “I’m a dreamer, so you always set yourself high goals. I’m a little sorry I didn’t get a win [in 2021], but I’ve had some great performances in the majors again and I’ll do them all again next year.

“For the past couple of years I’d say my performances have been the best when I’m out of my comfort zone at the majors and big events, which is where everyone wants to play golf. When you’re in a position where you’re competing in them, so you want to grab it and grab it with both hands.

“I want to compete in one of these, like really having a chance to get into the second nine on Sunday. If I can do that, then it’s a big step in my career. I would say I had a chance this year at L’Open a six. holes from the end and I probably tried to push too hard and it didn’t go as I wanted “.

“Sometimes I don’t understand what my goals are, but I set them as high as possible, so if you miss them, it will still be a good season. One of my main goals now is to be in that [Ryder Cup] team for Italy [in 2023]

“There could be a new group of guys on that team in two years. I have to keep doing what I’m doing and keep trusting those around me, then in two years, if I keep doing the right things then it will happen.”

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