MacIntyre wins Canadian Open, McIlroy fourth

Rory McIlroy, the tournament's star and world number 3, tied for fourth place with South Korean Tom Kim, both at 267 (-13).

by Andrea Gussoni
MacIntyre wins Canadian Open, McIlroy fourth
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Robert MacIntyre clinched his first career victory on the PGA Tour at the RBC Canadian Open held in Hamilton, Ontario. The Scottish golfer totaled 264 strokes (-16), with rounds of 64, 66, 66, and 68. He edged out American Ben Griffin by one shot, who finished second with 265 (-15), and Frenchman Victor Perez, who placed third with 266 (-14).

Robert MacIntyre, results

Rory McIlroy, the tournament's star and world number 3, tied for fourth place with South Korean Tom Kim, both at 267 (-13). MacIntyre, from Oban, achieved this feat in his 45th event on the circuit, at the age of 27 years, 9 months, and 30 days.

This victory follows his wins at the British Masters in 2020 and the Italian Open in 2022 on the DP World Tour, now extending his success to the top male American circuit as well. As a result of this triumph, he jumped from 76th to 39th in the world rankings and secured a spot in the field for the upcoming US Open, scheduled from June 13th to 16th at Pinehurst, North Carolina.

His victory earned him $1,692,000 out of a total prize pool of $9,400,000. Furthermore, MacIntyre became the fifth Scottish player, since 1940, to triumph on the PGA Tour, adding another milestone to his career after being one of the surprises of the European team at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome.

Robert MacIntyre turned professional in late 2017. In October of that year, he made an impressive start, playing in his first two professional events on the MENA Golf Tour. He finished tied for third in the Jordan's Ayla Golf Championship and then went on to win the Sahara Kuwait Championship.

Moving into November 2017, MacIntyre advanced to the final stage of the European Tour Q-school, where he secured a 2018 Challenge Tour card by finishing tied for 37th place. He had a notable performance in August 2018, losing in a playoff to Kim Koivu at the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge.

He followed this with strong showings in the Monaghan Irish Challenge and the Foshan Open, where he lost in a playoff to Víctor Perez. These performances propelled him to 12th place in the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, earning him a spot on the European Tour for 2019.

In 2019, MacIntyre showcased his talent with notable finishes, including joint runner-up in the Betfred British Masters and runner-up in the Made in Denmark tournament. He made his Open Championship debut at Royal Portrush, finishing tied for sixth.

Later that year, he became the leading Scot on the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time after finishing tied for fourth at the Italian Open. He concluded the season as the leading rookie on the Race to Dubai rankings, earning him the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award.

In November 2020, MacIntyre secured his first European Tour title at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown, winning in a reduced final round format. He clinched his second European Tour victory in September 2022 at the DS Automobiles Italian Open, defeating Matt Fitzpatrick in a playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole.

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