Robert MacIntyre Sends Message to Critics After Withdrawing from The Memorial

"The mental aspect of that six-week stretch was high, and then obviously winning last week was an even bigger high."

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Robert MacIntyre Sends Message to Critics After Withdrawing from The Memorial
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The RBC Canadian Open brought us several surprises this year. 27-year-old Scot, Robert MacIntyre, managed to conquer the competition and win his first PGA Tour title. It's impressive that this young golfer was able to showcase his qualities in such strong competition and prove to everyone that he is indeed a talented golfer. 

Many times before, MacIntyre has talked about the challenges of playing on the PGA Tour, considering the atmosphere on this tour to be quite different from that on the DP World Tour. The Scot emphasized that the atmosphere on the DP World Tour is friendly, while the PGA Tour is a different story altogether. 

Despite the challenges he faced, he managed to achieve his biggest goal! Shortly after his victory, Bob confirmed that he would not be competing at The Memorial Tournament this week, despite its significance. 

The fatigue he feels after everything is the main reason why he decided to skip the tournament, focusing on the challenges that follow. After making this intriguing decision, the Scot encountered criticism, provoking him to respond and clarify the reasons behind his choice.

"I counted my tournaments that I played there when I was doing the press conference last week. That was actually week six. And it's been a good six weeks. Obviously, I had two top 10s running into that I had the chance at Myrtle Beach.

The mental aspect of that six-week stretch was high, and then obviously winning last week was an even bigger high. If I played Memorial, US Open and Travelers, that's nine weeks in a row. Not many players play nine weeks in a row, except probably me, the madman."- Robert MacIntyre said, as quoted by MIRROR.

Robert MacIntyre
Robert MacIntyre© Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images Sport
 

Bob MacIntyre elaborated on why he chose to withdraw from Jack Nicklaus' event, stressing that it wasn't meant as a slight. Instead, he explained that it was about doing what was best for himself at the time. Playing in the Colonial for the fifth week straight felt like pushing it, especially after recent tournaments where he had chances to contend. Plus, having his dad as his caddie added extra layers of complexity. 

His father proved to be a brilliant caddie, even though he had never been in such a role before. It turned out that Bob and his father were a great combination. MacIntyre emphasized that his father is the main reason he plays golf and why he has achieved such success.

Bob MacIntyre and his team decided to take a step back and give themselves a breather. It wasn't about the event's prestige or the prize money; it was about setting himself up for success, particularly for the US Open. MacIntyre sees this decision as a testament to his ambition and drive to perform well in future competitions.

Bob MacIntyre had no time to be with his family

Golf is such a sport that even after one success, new challenges follow, which you must focus on. The Scot is a relatively young golfer, but he knows well how fast a golfer's career moves, and that it is necessary to already have the next challenge in mind after a success. MacIntyre returned to Scotland on Tuesday, but he didn't have the chance to spend time with his father and talk about the success. He spent time with a young foster boy instead.

"We had stuff to do family-wise. I spent some time with the young foster boy that my parents look after, probably spent about an hour with him once we got off the plane and stuff. I just had things to do and we've not really spoken about it, but I'm sure there'll probably be a family dinner tonight up at my mum and dad's."- he said.

Robert MacIntyre poses with the trophy alongside his caddie and father Dougie MacIntyre and girlfriend Shannon Hartley
Robert MacIntyre poses with the trophy alongside his caddie and father Dougie MacIntyre and girlfriend Shannon Hartley© Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images Sport
 

It is certain that such a dinner will be emotional, considering that MacIntyre has achieved great success and realized his family's dream. His career has had an interesting trajectory, and his path to the PGA Tour has been challenging. However, the Scot never intended to give up,

"The whole crew will be up there. We'll just sit and won't be crying this time. There'll be a lot of stories from when we were young."

The 27-year-old admitted that without the support of his family, including his parents, sisters, and others, it would have been difficult to achieve this level of success. Having support is crucial for everyone. MacIntyre is grateful to everyone and wants to repay them by winning tournaments.

"There's been a lot of sacrifice from my parents, my two sisters and everyone around me. There's been a lot of sacrifice and it's a special one that my dad can kind of hang up his caddying bib for now and we can just enjoy it."

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