Robert MacIntyre Returns To Shinty After Ryder Cup Disappointment

The left-hander has been in action for his local shinty side, Oban Celtic

Robert MacIntyre shinty
The Linksland Times

The left-hander has been in action for his local shinty side, Oban Celtic

Instead of taking part in his first Ryder Cup for Team Europe, Robert MacIntyre has been spending time on the shinty field for his local side in Oban. 

The 25-year-old put himself in with a chance of making Padraig Harrington’s side following strong showings at The Open and WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, before a missed cut at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth put paid to any realistic hopes he had of securing a wildcard pick. 

Playing for Oban Celtic, MacIntyre scored during an 8-0 thrashing of Aberdour in the Mowi Senior League C clash. 

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The popular left-hander has made no secret of his affection for the sport he grew up playing, insisting that it helps him escape from the hustle and bustle of life on tour.

“It gives me that peace of mind that I’m away from absolutely everything out there and I’m just with pals,” he said at the conclusion of his 2019 Open debut at Royal Portrush where he finished in a tie for sixth.

“My dad takes the training and I just enjoy it.”

It’s perhaps a damn sight more enjoyable than the alternative would’ve been for the Scot this week. Steve Stricker’s American side has been a class or two above the Ryder Cup holders at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, and will take a commanding 11-5 lead into the final singles session.

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No team has ever recovered from such a deficit in the current guise of golf's most exciting event, so it will take a monumental effort for Harrington and his men to turn the tables this time, especially given the form of their opposition.

Having said that, Europe's skipper, as well as his fellow countryman and wildcard pick, Shane Lowry, is refusing to give up hope, insisting that "it's still possible."

The three-time major winner has entrusted Rory McIlroy, who has gone 0-3-0 for the 2021 contest, to lead the charge for the visitors. He squares off against Xander Schauffele in the opening match.

Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.


Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.


As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.


What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1