MacIntyre Brilliantly Buries US Open Qualifier Talk While Reaching Highest World Ranking In Scot’s Career

A maiden PGA Tour victory at the RBC Canadian Open has seen Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre automatically qualify for next week’s US Open while also climbing to a career high in the World Rankings.

MacIntyre was all set today (Monday US time) in looking to join fellow Scot Martin Laird teeing-up in a 36-hole qualifier on the Cherry Hill course in Ridgeway, Ontario.

The Tartan duo were to be among some 60 players competing on 10 venues, nine in the US, and looking to qualify for the June 13th commencing US Open at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course in North Carolina.

However, Laird finds himself now the lone Scot following MacIntyre’s brilliant Tour triumph in the Scottish-like foggy conditions late Sunday at the Hamilton Golf and Country in Hamilton, Canada.

And as MacIntyre explained his RBC Canadian Open success changes everything with victory including being exempt on the PGA Tour till the end of 2026, exempt also for the 2025 Masters and a major he’s not contested since 2022.

“It changes everything. I mean, this is my fifth event in a row as well. I was planning to do U.S. Open qualifier tomorrow, 36 holes with my dad on the bag,” he said smiling.

“Thankfully that’s off the cards. You know what? It’s just a dream come true and I just can’t believe it’s happened with him on the bag. I mean, there’s been a lot going on with me for caddies and obviously I parted with Scotty last week and I just came here, I was happy, I was in a good mindframe, and I was just out here to play golf and hit the golf shots and add them up at the end.

“It wasn’t until later on that I started to look at leaderboards properly and see where I was. I mean, we done it”.

Yes, MacIntyre’s certainly done it moving to a career high of 39th on the World Rankings, his highest ranking since being No. 42 in the world heading into the 2022 Players Championship.

MacIntyre is now 114 places higher on the rankings than the next best Scot and that’s Ewen Ferguson at No. 153rd in the world.

And after talk some weeks ago of not being content competing on the PGA, MacIntyre turned that notion on it’s head to the tun of $US 1.7m last Sunday in Canada.

“Look, I went home. I was struggling. My girlfriend wasn’t — we just weren’t enjoying the American Orlando lifestyle that we had thought would better my golf,” he said.  “To be honest, okay, the facilities are great and Isleworth, and I think it has helped my golf in a lot of ways by the way I have to chip it and whatnot. But when I went home, I had three weeks at home, touched the clubs twice in three weeks. Pitched up at Zurich with a shoulder injury that I thought, I ain’t playing golf this week, from playing shinty and took a couple of painkillers and we rock on and didn’t tell Thomas anything. I just said, I got a wee sore shoulder here, but we’ll be all right.

“It just clears my mind, being back home. I get to spend time with the boys, a couple of beers with ’em, and they just treat me like Bob. And playing shinty back at home in Oban, it’s — I don’t get treated as Bob MacIntyre the golfer, I get treated as Bob MacIntyre one of the boys”.

Well said and well done, Bob.

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