Robert MacIntyre targets Masters spot after winning Rookie award
Robert MacIntyre has set his sights on making a Masters debut in 2020 after procuring two awards.
The 23-year-old’s tied-14th finish at Jumeriah Golf Estates watched him end the year 11th in the Rush with already registered seven.
MacIntyre was awarded the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award and received the Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year, awarded to the major graduates from the preceding calendar year, with the Scot looking to break into the world’s leading 50 and secure his place for Augusta.
“I’ve been shooting the top 50 on the planet for the past four or five weeks,” MacIntyre said. “We’ve fallen just short however, the season has opened up doors for me, it’s opened up WGC events.
“There’s larger points up for grabs, so I am only going to continue shooting to the top 50. I will be going to hopefully Augusta, if we could attain that by April.
“Next season, should I continue to do exactly things I am doing on the golf course, then in my own head, it is an issue of time. We are just going to continue shooting for the stars and determine where we go.”
MacIntyre is your 10th participant while present world No 1 Brooks Koepka is to have held the Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year title to acquire the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year title since the European Tour’s beginning in 1972.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” MacIntyre added. “Halfway through this summer when it became on the radar that we can win the two awards, it’s something that we set out to do.
“We have finally achieved it and now I’m completely over the moon for it. I’ve appreciated the battle. The past couple of months have been challenging because I have been looking over my shoulder until last week once I got overtaken.
“However, I could control what I can control and that has been placing some fantastic golf pictures on display and I managed to add two great rounds to seal off it.”