Nov 9th, 2020
MacIntyre shines in Cyprus
Young Scot grabs his maiden European Tour title
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The 24-year-old carded eight birdies in the final showdown of the exciting new format, in which the 19 players who had progressed to the final round began the day from a clean slate in a sprint to the finish - with the lowest round of the day sealing the victory.
"This is what I’ve been working for. It’s been a difficult few months for me, only my family know what’s going on. I can’t believe it. My game is there, tee to green I’ve been absolutely brilliant the last two weeks. The putter has been cold, stone cold." said MacIntyre.
"When the rain delay came in there, I said to my caddie Mike, it’s time to show up. I hit a great iron shot into 15 and there it was. It turned up right at the right time."
It was a closely-fought contest until the final furlong but MacIntyre, who won last year’s Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award with an 11th place finish in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, almost holed a remarkable ace at the par three 17th before tapping in for birdie to take a share of the lead.
A fearless drive down the par five 18th presented a golden opportunity to seal victory outright and so it transpired as a perfect second shot and a facile two-putt earned him his first title, elevating him from 57th to 24th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and copper-fastening his path to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – the fourth and final Rolex Series event of the campaign.
Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura earned the best European Tour finish of his career, finishing runner-up on six under, while Spain’s Jorge Campillo finished in outright third sport on five under.