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Bob MacIntyre says he faces ‘another brutal test’ at the 121st US Open, but his watchword for San Diego will be ‘enjoy it’.
Ahead of flying out for his latest major and having undergone a Covid test in Glasgow, the 24-year-old from Oban faced more than 10 members of the sporting press on Thursday.
Of the upcoming challenge of Torrey Pines, where last year just one player finished under-par and an eight-hour time difference to get his head round, the world number 47 said the basics needed to be good – swing technique, quality driving and being on top of the short game.
And while making the cut itself is an achievement and performances at The Masters and The Open have been encouraged by strong finishes, Bob knows what progress will look like.
‘Obviously it’s good to make all the cuts but I feel like I’ve not actually taken that step to challenge in one yet, but it’s only five majors so we have to take it slow,’ he said.
‘I know it’s going to be another brutal test with it being the US Open, but I think I have got used to what to expect.
‘I’ve just got to try and get in the right mental state for tackling the task and mainly enjoy it – that’s the main reason we play the game.’
He added: ‘You just have to have the acceptance that you’re not going to hit every fairway and not every good shot is going to get rewarded.’
With the wind on the exposed coastal course always a factor, Bob said: ‘Even with normal conditions on a PGA Tour event, I think nine-under is kind of the normal winning score.
‘So you put in a bit more rough and you’re dropping that score down near level par.’
Of continuing to train and play shinty when he can, he said staying in touch was valuable for seeing pals and clearing his mind.
He also hopes to find some time to cheer on the Tartan Army as Scotland make their bow in the European football championships for the first time since 1996 – the year he was born.
It includes a mouth-watering group clash against England at Wembley Stadium on Friday night.
Asked if he would be tuning in during the week, Bob laughed: ‘Aye, I’ll be watching them!
‘Obviously my priority is to prepare for a golf tournament but if I can watch the football, I’m sure I’ll be watching the football.’
Addressing a recent tweet about ‘hate mail’ and a letter having been sent to his father, Bob did not elaborate on the content, but shrugged it off.
‘Ach, you get those kind of things,’ he said. ‘I was actually just laughing at it more than anything.’