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Robert MacIntyre Secures First PGA Tour Title at Canadian Open

Posted : 03 June 2024

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre clinched his first PGA Tour title on Sunday, narrowly defeating American Ben Griffin to win the Canadian Open by one stroke. The 27-year-old left-hander was visibly emotional, celebrating the victory with his father, Dougie MacIntyre, who served as his emergency caddie for the week. "I can't believe it, having him on the bag," MacIntyre expressed, tears streaming down his face. "This is the guy who taught me the game of golf, and to win with him by my side is unbelievable."


MacIntyre's triumph marked the first PGA event win by a Scotsman since Martin Laird's victory at the 2020 Shriners Children's Open. He secured the title with a two-under-par 68, finishing at 16-under 264 after 72 holes at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in suburban Toronto. Ben Griffin, who shot a 65, finished just one stroke behind at 265, while France's Victor Perez took third with a score of 266. Rory McIlroy and South Korean Tom Kim shared fourth place, each shooting 64 to finish at 267.


Reflecting on the significance of the victory, MacIntyre acknowledged the support of his family and team. "It's everything for me and my family, my girlfriend, my team," he said. His father, Dougie, was also emotional, remarking, "Unbelievable. I'm a grass cutter," as he wept with pride. Despite his success as a caddie, Dougie MacIntyre confirmed that his caddying duties were over, with Robert stating, "Dad's on the flight home on Monday."


MacIntyre began the final day with a four-stroke lead and managed to hold off a late surge from Griffin, who birdied three consecutive holes to close the gap. Despite some mid-round bogeys, MacIntyre stabilized with a birdie at the 15th and ultimately secured the win by two-putting on the 18th green. "I was coming down the last, and dad was trying to tell me to stay focused and swing smooth," MacIntyre recalled. "In my head, I wasn't listening to him; I was like, I'm going to win this for my dad."


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