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Robert MacIntyre confident a win is round the corner

Robert MacIntyre is certain that DP World Tour win number three is not far away as he prepares for the two weeks of golf that he looks forward to most every season.

The home favourite enters this week's Genesis Scottish Open as the highest-ranked Scot on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex and next week will head to Royal Liverpool for The Open Championship.

MacIntyre achieved his best result of the season so far last week as he finished in a tie for fourth at the Made in HimmerLand, while he also has three other top tens in 2023.

He finished two shots out of a play-off in Denmark, with a triple-bogey seven on the 13th proving costly in the final round, but he was happy to focus on the bigger picture.

"Last week was probably the best golf I've played in a long, long time, in about a year, I'd say," he said. "I had so much control of the golf ball, for 71 holes, I was in absolute cruise control.

"Once I spoke to people, I said, 'you know what, that's not the last hiccup I'm going to have on the journey'. It's going to happen again. But if you keep putting yourself in positions: Kenya, Korea, last week, I mean, I can't not lift a trophy at some point.

"I think that I'm a few years wiser. I know what I can and I can't do. It's almost like with the build-up of the three events, I've got to try and reserve some energy.

"The first few years I played this, I put so much pressure on myself. It's another golf tournament and I just have to try and treat it like that. It's a little bit different when it doesn't start the way you want it to start, but again, no matter what happens this week, I have another shot next week, kind of thing.

"The last three weeks is just about literally preparing for the next event, what do I need to do? Obviously I'm trying to win a golf tournament when I'm out there. Trying to win Munich, The Belfry. You're still trying to win and I was in positions to win a couple of them.

"But it's not getting too caught up in the results. It's just about building up to this and making sure that you can hit all the shots when you need to hit them. I think I've done that well last week.

"And last week was good, I thought it was great preparation for this week with the wind and whatnot going on, and obviously the weather, but it's just literally building up for these weeks. These weeks are the ones you want to win."

Another Scot who had a chance to win last week was Richie Ramsay, with the four-time DP World Tour winner finding water on the last for a double-bogey when a par would have handed him the trophy.

He found himself in a similar position at the 2022 Betfred British Masters, with water and a double on the last dropping him out of a play-off, but the 40-year-old insists he will always take on the big shots.

"My viewpoint is you've got to hit a great shot down the stretch to win a tournament," he said.

"There's an opportunity here, if you don't take it, you're going to regret it. I don't regret taking it, because if I pulled it off, I feel that I left myself in a good position to get up-and-down or two-putt, and you win a tournament."

After a quiet start to the season, Ramsay arrives at The Renaissance Club - a venue to which he attached - with three top tens in his last five starts and full of confidence.

"I think I've learned over the course of many years that irrespective of where I play, I try to bring my best game that I can possibly bring that week," he said. "And never give up, never give in, and be grateful because of what I'm doing.

"I've got a slight advantage. I know the course more than most guys do and I know the difference we might see this week with the wind, if it switches from the traditional south-westerly to an easterly.

"But for me, it's like, just try to do my best, be the best I can be, which I try and do every week, and kind of keep that idea in my head. If I do that then hopefully I can play well or there's more chance of me playing well, which gives people something to watch or something to shout about."

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