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Robert Macintyre’s dream of making his Ryder Cup debut at the end of this month is now officially over.
A disappointing missed cut in the BMW Championship – his fourth missed cut in a row – saw his automatic qualification chances disappear and his recent poor run of form meant Padraig Harrington could not justify a Captain’s Pick ahead of Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry.
The damage was done for the Oban star on the opening day when a poor back nine resulted in a two over par 74 and left him with a mountain to climb on the Friday. Despite shooting a bogey-free 69 and showing glimpses of his best form, his one under par total left him agonisingly short of the cut line.
Speaking afterwards Bob’s frustration was obvious: “Golf is the most frustrating game when it’s not clicking,” he said, adding: ‘It’s driving me mental right now. I feel like it’s coming but it’s just not happening. When it’s not going great you don’t enjoy it and just now it’s a bit of a battle.’
While the immediate disappointment and frustration are clear, his playing partner and Ryder Cup vice-captain Graeme McDowell offered him some words of encouragement saying that it is only ‘a matter of time’ before the left-hander makes his Ryder Cup debut, adding: ‘He’s got a great attitude. He’s super-talented. He’s just young and aggressive and that equals birdies and mistakes.’
While it will take a while to shake off the disappointment of the last few weeks, there is still much for the Oban star to play for this season. Getting back into the world’s top 50 by the time the season ends at the DP World Championship in Dubai in November is an obvious goal and given Bob’s talent and battling qualities, few would bet against that happening.