He is a man with two European Tour titles, a pair of top-10 Open finishes and career earnings of more than £5 million. However, Bob MacIntyre believes that only one thing could top the “buzz” of helping his brilliant team survive a relegation battle last year: playing in the Ryder Cup.
MacIntyre certainly didn’t hurt his chances this weekend at Abu Dhabi Golf Club facing Luke Donald, here in brief remark.
The Europe captain could only have been impressed by the Scotsman’s contribution in the Hero Cup, despite MacIntyre finishing in the losing Great Britain and Ireland team as continental Europe won the dress rehearsal 14½-10½.
He picked up three of a possible four points, including a 5-and-3 thrashing of world number 39 Alex Noren in yesterday’s final singles.
It was no doubt already in Donald’s book for this year’s match in Rome, due to his Italian Open win at host Marco Simone four months ago, but his name will now take even more prominence as the Englishman reflects on his six wild cards, and not just because of his golf.
MacIntyre is a team man through and through, and after the loss here he looked crestfallen. So much for the outcome of this warm up regardless. “Yes, I’m happy with the way I played, but it’s disappointing that we lost. It’s painful,” he said, before explaining why he loves the feeling of the unit.
“I play brilliant [for Oban Celtic] and I remember going to Glenurquhart last year in a relegation battle (in the Mowi National Division) and we won the game 2-1 when we never should have won.
“The buzz in the locker room afterward was special, and unfortunately it won’t be for us today when we return to our team room. And that’s a great shame, because nothing compares to it. Nothing. “Don’t get me wrong, winning in Italy was fucking good.
But that was for me and the people around me: a small team. At Glenurquhart, there were 15 other guys around me and we had all been fighting for the same thing. No money, sure, but the buzz was awesome. Freaking out with your teammates… but I think the Ryder Cup would outshine that and take over my mind.
“Playing for Europe has been one of my life’s goals since I started to believe that I was half decent in this game. I’ve played the Walker Cup and now I want to appear in the best event in the world and a lot of the big guys, like Sam (Torrance) and Stevie (Gallacher), who we’ve talked to here this week, have said to me it would be the best thing to do. do in my life And I have a great opportunity to do it.”
MacIntyre knows what it takes. At 72nd in the rankings, his bid would be much stronger if she could claim a top 50 spot and thus gain entry to all the majors and other notable points-earning events.
His first target is the end of March for the Masters, though MacIntyre insists he won’t put himself under too much pressure, as he did at his last two events in 2022, when he was trying to break through. top 50 for Augusta’s first qualifying cut. “
At the end of last year, I didn’t enjoy it and I’ve talked to people since then and now I understand why,” he said. “When I smile and I’m happy, I play good golf, it’s not rocket science.
But I’m still trying to learn about myself. “I’m in the middle of a book called The Chimp Paradox (by renowned psychiatrist Dr. Steve Peters) and I’m laughing as I read it, that’s me.
I don’t want to take the fire out of anger. I just want to be able to control it when he arrives.” Shinty clearly helps him in that regard and won’t be giving up any time soon, regardless of concerns about potential injuries. “It’s brilliant, it’s my teammates and a great group of guys: if one is in a war, we’re all in a war,” he said.
“I know the risks, but it is in my blood. “Since I’ve been here I’ve told myself: ‘Don’t be afraid to win some money by playing well.’ But team sport is what it’s all about for me.”