Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre is flourishing in his maiden European Tour season, with two runner-up finishes helping him reach 16th in the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex and truly announcing his arrival on the world stage.
The 22-year-old, who graduated from the European Challenge Tour in 2018, has excelled in his first season on the top tier to lead the charge of rookies on golf’s global stage.
In addition to his second-place finishes at the Betfred British Masters and Made in Denmark presented by FREJA, the former Walker Cup star made his Major Championship debut at The Open Championship and brilliantly finished in a tie for sixth place.
MacIntyre looked right at home among the world’s best players in his Major debut, carding a three under par round of 68 in tough conditions on the final day to secure a top ten finish at Royal Portrush.
The Oban native capped off his tournament by rolling home a 25-foot birdie putt for a five under par 279 total, which guaranteed him a place in the field for The 2020 Open Championship at Royal St George’s.
MacIntyre began his 2018 Challenge Tour season ranked 867th in the Official World Golf Ranking and now sits on the cusp of the world’s top 100, in 104th position.
A pair of two-time winners – Kurt Kitayama and Guido Migliozzi – are also in the race to win the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award, with Kitayama’s victories in the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open at Anahita and Oman Open catapulting him into 26th place in the Race to Dubai.
Migliozzi, meanwhile, picked up victories at the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa and the Belgian Knockout, which has him occupying the 40th spot in the Race to Dubai.
As things stand, 11 rookies who earned their playing privileges by finishing in the top 15 of the Challenge Tour Rankings or in the top 25 at European Tour Qualifying School sit inside the top 110 in the Race to Dubai, namely Scotland’s David Law who earned victory at the ISPS HANDA Vic Open earlier this year.