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HOW IT STARTED AND HOW IT'S GOING NOW FOR MENA TOUR WINNER ROBERT MACINTYRE

April 07, 2022

The 25-year-old Scottish lefty is one of two MENA Tour alumni teeing it up at the Masters at Augusta National. 

By Kent Gray
The MENA Tour exists to give rising stars a leg up to the big time with next month’s Beautiful Thailand Swing, a four-event post pandemic comeback co-sanctioned by the Asian Development Tour, a fresh case in point. For further irrefutable proof, kindly refer to the start sheet for the 86th edition of The Masters starting overnight.

MENA Tour alumni Robert MacIntyre and Matthew Fitzpatrick are among the 91-strong field for the first major of the year at mythical Augusta National Golf Club.

MacIntyre famously won the MENA Tour’s 2018 Sahara Kuwait Golf Championship (pictured left in the main image) in just his second professional start, edging Luke Joy by two strokes at Sahara Golf and Country Club. It came after the Scottish lefty recovered from an opening round of 78 at the Ayla Golf Championship a fortnight earlier to finish third – and with the course record of 64 – in his pro debut. He played his final five rounds on the MENA Tour in a combined 25 under par and has never looked back, going on to claim his maiden DP World Tour title in Cyprus in November 2020.

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The Masters will be MacIntryre’s eighth major championship start and second chance at Augusta after a remarkable T-12 debut performance last year. He’s finished a meritorious T-6 and T-8 in his two Open Championship appearances and is loving every minute of the pro life.

He's pictured above right with his father Dougie who caddied for MacIntyre in the Par 3 contest overnight, a priceless image he shared on Twitter with the caption: “No matter what happens in my Golf Career, I got to do something very, very special @TheMasters.”

Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, very nearly bettered MacIntyre by winning on professional debut at the Shaikh Maktoum Dubai Open in September, 2014, a year after he captured the U.S. Amateur. The now 27-year-old Englishman, a seven time DP World Tour winner, led going into the final round at Al Badia Golf Club before slipping to a share of 7th after a closing 78.

He's taken that experience on to a 19 cuts made in 26 major championship appearances. Fitzpatrick will be hoping to add a second top-10 to his major best of T-7 at the 2016 Masters.

Fitzpatrick will play the opening 36 holes of this year’s Masters in the superstar company of Brookes Koepka and Rory McIlroy – they’re off at 2.03 EST in Thursday’s opening round. MacIntyre is grouped with 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and English amateur Laird Shepherd who qualified for his Augusta debut by winning last year’s British Amateur Championship (11.51am EDT).

UPDATE (April 11, 2022) – Fitzpatrick eventually placed T-14 with rounds of 71-73-76-20 for a +2 290 total, 12 strokes adrift of world No.1 Scottie Scheffler who claimed his maiden major championship. MacIntyre finished T-23 on +3 after rounds of 73-73-76-69.