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Canadian Open victory for MacIntyre concludes early Father’s Day

Robert MacIntyre was able to win on the PGA Tour for the first time in his career with his Dad caddying him the whole way.

Robert MacIntyre was able to put together a -16 score that won the RBC Canadian open this past weekend.

The big story of his win, however, was much less about how well he played, and much more about who was with him the whole way.

On the bag for Robert MacIntyre’s first ever tour victory was his father, Dougie. 

Robert has openly admitted to being homesick this year, and so instead of going home, he brought home to him. Dougie, who is a greenskeeper at a Golf Club in Scotland, was nervous about leaving his job for a weekend to caddie his son.

He did, however, end up jumping at the opportunity to be with his son for a competitive weekend of golf.

The victory for the MacIntyre family left both Robert and Dougie on the verge of tears as they hugged on the 18th green.

MacIntyre described how much it meant to him not only to win his first ever PGA tournament, but also to do it with his dad right beside him. 

“This is the guy who has taught me the game of golf and I just can’t believe I have done this with him on the bag.”

– Robert MacIntyre

The win not only moves him up to 39th on the World Golf Rankings, but also qualifies him for the US Open at Pinehurst June 13-16.

The Canadian Open featured a fun but difficult course that included a 13th hole called “The Rink”. A fun par-3, it is a hockey-themed hole which features a tee box with goalie masks as the markers, lined with the typical hockey boards along with a goal right behind the players. 

In his opening round, MacIntyre was able to birdie this hole as well as five others to start the week off in a great position.

He posted a -4 second round, which meant that MacIntyre was sitting at 10 under going into the third round. This is where he posted one of the more wild scorecards that was seen throughout the week.

He battled for a tough +1 front nine which was composed of 3 bogeys, before he was able to come in at -5 which included 4 birdies, and an eagle on the par 5 17th hole.

The nerve-wracking fourth round saw MacIntyre trying to maintain his four stroke lead as others such as Victor Perez (third), Tom Kim (tied for fourth) and Rory McIlroy (tied for fourth) were each able to post a 64 and put the pressure on.

Paired with MacIntyre, Ben Griffin (second) was on his tail all the way to the clubhouse. He ultimately fell a stroke short despite birdying three out of the last four holes. 

As the father son duo walked down the 18th fairway, his dad was trying to keep his mind focused on the par that was needed to win the tournament. Robert’s mind, however, was focused on other things.

“I was going down the last and my dad’s trying to tell me to stay focused and swing smooth because [on Saturday] I got a little bit too fast, but in my head, I wasn’t listening to him – I was like, ‘I want to win this for my dad.’”

– Robert MacIntyre

It was not just the magic of a dad and a son playing golf that won him the tournament. MacIntyre was rolling putts better than everyone else on the course, with the lowest putts per GIR over the field. Putting well was extremely important for him because he only hit greens in regulation at 70.8%. 

The inspiring story of the MacIntyre family will be celebrated this week as he officially withdrew from the Memorial Tournament that will start this Thursday. He will get some well-needed rest before his next appearance at the US Open where he hopes to prove he will be a name that is consistently at the top of the leaderboard.