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Robert MacIntyre revealed he still has hopes of making Europe’s Ryder Cup team for next month’s event at Whistling Straits automatically, without having to rely on a captain’s pick.
With just two weeks of qualifying remaining, MacIntyre has his eyes set on September’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth which is the final event in which players can earn qualification points.
At the moment the Scot finds himself outside of the nine qualification places with just over three weeks to go until the event in Wisconsin. Five of Europe’s automatic spots come from the world points standings, and four come from the European points standings, with MacIntyre targeting the latter.
As a result, the 25-year-old knows he must put in a near perfect performance at Wentworth if he is to sneak into an automatic spot, and this is exactly what he is aiming for.
He commented: “The Ryder Cup is not over, the dream’s still there. I’ve got one event. There are guys who’ve played these last few weeks in Europe and are playing well but I can pass them all in one big finish at Wentworth and that’s the target.”
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It is now more than likely that left-hander from Oban will be required to win the event outright in Surrey if he is to secure one of those prized Ryder Cup places, however this does not seem to put MacIntyre off as he revealed his aim is to win every tournament he plays in.
He added: “I turn up at every golf tournament to win it. It’ll be no different at Wentworth, obviously there will be a lot riding on it if I have a chance on Sunday, but the way I play golf, it doesn’t change. If I’m in with a chance on Sunday, it’s reins off and let’s go.
“I’ll be an automatic pick if I win Wentworth. That’s pretty certain. My golf game last week was really good and I missed the cut because of mental fatigue, almost. The race isn’t run. Until Padraig tells us the team, I’ve got as much of a chance as most of the guys.”
After two breakthrough years on the European Tour, the 25-year-old has shifted his focus to events in the United States over the last few weeks, playing on the Korn Ferry Tour in a bid to secure a full PGA Tour card for next season.
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However, the young Scot missed the cut in both of his Korn Ferry outings, and in doing so also missed out on a valuable chance to boost his Ryder Cup chances back on the European Tour.
In spite of this MacIntyre revealed he had no regrets, and still feels he has enough time (via the BMW PGA Championship) to secure his place.
The Scot said: “I try not to look back and regret things, I can still achieve everything that I tried to achieve in the last year with one great week at Wentworth. I can achieve it all. I’ve got the right team around me that advise me the right things, and I trust them as much as they trust me playing golf.
“Everything I’ve done has been right. If the Korn Ferry Tour had started the two weeks after the Wyndham Championship that would have been ideal but it’s not always ideal.
“I did the right thing to achieve a PGA Tour card. Everyone’s goal is to get one and play against the best players in the world. I take the bull by the horns and go for it.”
Following his impressive performance at last month’s Open Championship fellow Scotsman, and former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie spoke highly of the 24-year-old and gave him his backing to make the team.
Speaking at July’s Senior Open Montgomerie said: “He’s [MacIntyre] not satisfied, as a number of them are, with fifth, sixth place. And that’s what will stand him in good stead. That never-say-die attitude would be brilliant in a Ryder Cup.
“Padraig [Harrington] is looking for winners, for people who will go for it, he’s looking for the Robert MacIntyres of this world.”
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