“If I’m in the right places, I’m in and they can’t choose me”: Robert McIntyre insists that he meddle in the Ryder Cup selection and NOT wait for Padraig Harrington to be captained after the great Masters debut
- Robert MacIntyre wants to get involved in the Ryder Cup
- The Scottish star was in inspired form at the Masters and ended up strong
- He insists he doesn’t stop Padriag Harrington from giving him a choice
Robert MacIntyre wants to get involved in the Ryder Cup – and not wait for a captain to be chosen by Team Europe skipper Padraig Harrington.
And the 24-year-old says he wants to build a career spanning more than 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic, aiming to do more than settle for being a well-placed fellow traveler with the majors.
MacIntyre, who ranks 12th on his Masters debut courtesy of a late birdie on golf’s most famous final hole, is firmly in the competition to represent Europe in Whistling Straits in September.
Robert MacIntyre has the Ryder Cup firmly in view after a solid Masters
He is only one place behind an automatic qualification place on the world points list.
The young Scot, who was asked to rate his chances of being selected, said: “Zero. Because I’m not on the team yet.
“Until I’m in the automatic area, I don’t expect to be on the team. Then it’s out of my hands. When I’m at the spots, I’m in and they can’t choose me.
‘A choice is a choice. He thinks he is suitable for the team. He could gain experience or choose a younger man, I don’t know.
“Until I’m in the automatic spots, I can’t answer that. I’ll just play golf and see where we end up.”
The Scot played solidly in Augusta and finished 12th on his Masters debut
The former European Tour Rookie of the Year, who is currently making a brief but successful appearance on the PGA Tour, still has long-term plans – and strives to fight for the biggest prizes.
“You want to be out here for more than 30 years,” he said. “That’s what you want to do at the top of the game.
“It’s not just about being happy about 12th place. It’s about doing something in the game.
“It’s about taking steps and of course I’m happy about 12th place in my first Masters. But you’ll get in touch the next time you try to fix that.
“You don’t just sit back and say,” Oh, I’m happy to come in 12th every time. “
‘I want to improve. I want to take the next step. I want to keep moving forward. I will keep working hard and working smart and trusting the people around me.
“But, and I always say that, I don’t know what’s going to happen and nobody else does. We just let it happen.
Padraig Harrington can choose a captain, but McIntyre wants to settle in
“When I get a PGA Tour card – and I have certain goals to achieve to achieve that – we won’t just be playing the PGA Tour.
‘I grew up in Scotland. My career developed on the European Tour.
“You will never forget where you are from and you will never forget where the opportunities came from. I will always play the European Tour.
“Of course I would play the PGA Tour when I got my card, but we’re talking about Tommy Fleetwood’s schedule. It’s the Tommy schedule. You can play both sides and you can compete against each other, and that’s what I want to do. ‘