Canadian Open: Robert MacIntyre wins his first PGA Tour title | Golf News

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre recovered from a shaky start and defeated numerous challengers to win his first PGA Tour title at the RBC Canadian Open.

MacIntyre shot a final round of 68 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, finishing 16 under par, one stroke ahead of Ben Griffin.

Griffin had increased the pressure with birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to get within one stroke of his playing partner, but he failed to make a fourth consecutive stroke on the final hole, which might have forced a playoff.

Victor Perez finished one stroke back, while Rory McIlroy and Tom Kim tied for fourth at 13 under par. McIlroy, who began the day in seventh place, was able to close the gap to two strokes after a series of three birdies in a row on the sixth hole.

Rory McIlroy was two strokes behind the leader at one point, but then finished fourth

MacIntyre had the luxury of making two putts from 10 feet on the 18th hole and hugged his father Dougie, who had been called in as his caddy at short notice, after his victory.

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Robert MacIntyre and his father, the caddy, are in tears as he wins his first PGA Tour title at the Canadian Open

When asked why he was so emotional about the win, MacIntyre pointed to his father and said: CBS: “For this reason.

“Honestly, I'm speechless. This means everything to me and my family, my girlfriend, my team. I can't believe I did it with him on my sack.”

“I'm crying with joy, but I'm laughing because I didn't think it was possible.”

MacIntyre's four-stroke lead overnight was wiped out within four holes after he bogeyed the first hole and home favorite Mackenzie Hughes made a hat trick of early birdies.

However, MacIntyre responded brilliantly, scoring birdies on holes four, seven and eight to regain control, although he had to ask several times to relocate a drone used for television coverage before his wish was finally granted.

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Robert Macintyre was angry after a drone came too close to him during the television broadcast of the RBC Canadian Open and distracted him

Another birdie on the 11th hole was followed by a wild tee shot on the 12th into a water hazard and another bogey on the 13th opened the door for the chasing group, but the Ryder Cup star managed a decisive birdie on the 15th hole and played safe par on the last three holes.

MacIntyre has made no secret of the fact that he is struggling to adjust to life in the United States this season, but a three-week stay in Scotland in April helped him enormously and he was in contention for the Myrtle Beach Classic before finishing eighth at the US PGA Championship.

“I’m a lawnmower, not a caddy” – MacIntryre duo looks back on emotional victory

There were visibly emotional scenes after the Scotsman's victory. His father was close to tears as he saw how they had shared his son's struggle through difficult times in his first year on the PGA Tour and achieve a major victory.

In fact, on the Monday morning before the tournament, Robert MacIntyre had to go to great lengths to get his father to the venue as he was not credentialed. This highlighted what an incredible week they had had, as MacIntyre's father's caddie fee should be enough to pay off his parents' mortgage.

“Unbelievable. Yes. I'm a lawnmower, not a caddy. Sorry. Honestly, it's unbelievable,” said MacIntyre's father.

“I got a call. You called me last Saturday night? I'm sitting at home on the couch at 8 o'clock on a Saturday night wondering, 'Can I quit my job? I was busy at work.

“Of course you can.”

“Yes. The next morning I'm on the plane here at 8 a.m. and… wow.”

MacIntyre reflected on the sacrifices his parents and sisters had made for him to pursue his dream, as well as how his foster brothers and sisters had shaped him as a person during his childhood.

“I think it makes you realize that hitting a white ball on the golf course is not the most important thing,” MacIntyre said after his victory.

“I mean, I cried because your kids walk away from you. They become family. They were in a difficult position. I wasn't given everything as a kid. I was given a great opportunity.

“My dad was obviously a really good sportsman. He played football, golf and shinty. He didn't have the money to really pursue that and I think it was something my mum and dad always wanted to do.

“I have two older sisters who are very interested in horses, riding and stuff, but they even sacrificed quite a lot of that just to give me a chance.

“I mean, I couldn't play golf tournaments as a junior because we couldn't afford it. I think that made me fight and never give up, I think nothing was given to me.

“I mean, they gave me quite a lot. They gave me the opportunity, but never, never had everything handed to me, I always fought for every bit of it.”

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