'Annoyed' Robert MacIntyre Produces Dramatic Par From Hospitality After 25 Minute Wait On Ruling

Despite the Scot making a par from the concession stand on his 16th hole of the day, MacIntyre was forced to endure a 25-minute wait on a ruling as his PGA Championship hopes hung by a thread

Robert MacIntyre chats to his caddie at the PGA Championship
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The weather may have been near perfect on Friday evening at the PGA Championship but, following the deluge of rain that fell in the morning, Valhalla's course conditions were still soft and wet underfoot... This did cause some issues, which Robert MacIntyre found out at the tail end of his round.

At the par 5 seventh, his 16th hole of the day, MacIntyre safely landed on the fairway and had the green light to go for the flag in two. Striking a fairway wood, the left-hander hoicked the ball right and into one of the hospitality areas which are littered around the course. 

Well offline and near unsighted, getting a correct distance would be nigh-on impossible, even with the use of a rangefinder which are allowed during the PGA Championship. Before all of that, though, MacIntyre was made to wait 25 minutes for a ruling.

Trying to work out his nearest point of relief, the Ryder Cup star asked for a second opinion of where his ball needed to be dropped, after the first rules official reportedly didn't know.

After the fiasco, MacIntyre clipped his wedge and, yet again, missed to the right of the green, with his ball sitting down in the surrounding Zoysia grass. Although it was a tricky shot, the 27-year-old managed to get up-and-down for what was a gutsy and perhaps, unlikely, par.

Robert MacIntyre walks up the 18th fairway at the PGA Championship

MacIntyre's best finish in a Major came on his Major debut at the 2019 Open Championship

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Sitting at nine-under for the tournament, MacIntyre was just three back of leader Xander Schauffele with two holes remaining, but a scrappy bogey-bogey finish only heightened MacIntyre's frustration further as he finished at seven-under and five back of the American.

Speaking after his round, MacIntyre stated: "It was solid until the last two holes. Took them 25 minutes to get a ruling and I've come out from the ruling and it's pitch black. It's just really annoyed me. To finish the way I finished is really not good when I'm right in the golf tournament. Now I'm kind of behind the 8-ball trying to fight back. 

"I was just trying to find out where my nearest point of relief was if I dropped it and it was casual water and I just needed to know where my nearest point of relief was, and the guy didn't know so we had to get a second guy. It just took longer than it needed to, and I just lost all momentum. Hadn't swung a golf club in 25 minutes. Probably two bad swings, the worst shot I've hit all week on the par-3 eighth. I suppose we just get on with it. 

"I've got two days (remaining). I'm not turning up here trying to just take part and be a number. I'm trying to win the Major. If I'm in it, I'm trying to win it. I was in a great position. I'm still in a decent position. But I've just given two shots to the field. I was in a good spot there, and yeah, just sore to finish the way I finished."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x