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Robert MacIntyre keen to ‘lower noise’ around Open prospects



Robert MacIntyre keen to ‘lower noise’ around Open prospects

Robert MacIntyre wants to “lower the noise” around his Open prospects at Troon as he gears up to try and claim the Scottish Open title.

The 27-year-old Scot just missed out at last year’s Scottish Open, finishing one shot behind Ryder Cup team-mate Rory McIlroy.

Following his recent Canadian Open victory, expectations are high for MacIntyre to go one better at the Renaissance Club – and potentially challenge the following week at Royal Troon as well.

MacIntyre has two top 10 finishes from his four Open appearances.

“I’ve been working hard on trying to lower the noise around it,” he told Radio 5 Live.

“I’m going there to perform. All I can do is try to compete as hard as I can and if I do that well, we’ll be there or thereabouts.

“I’ve only ever played Troon once before and that was just the other day, so I’m looking forward to playing another major.”

Before Troon comes this week’s Scottish Open in East Lothian and MacIntyre confirms winning the event is one of his top career goals.

“It was a dream of mine, if I was ever a professional golfer, to compete in a Scottish Open – and, if I could compete in it, I’m going there to win,” he said.

“I’d love to win a Scottish Open – if not a major, then the Scottish Open is the next thing.”

MacIntyre was a guest in the Royal Box at Wimbledon prior to heading north and he took the opportunity to pay tribute to two-time champion Andy Murray, who made his farewell appearance at the tournament last week alongside older brother Jamie in the doubles.

“Injuries come to most athletes and it’s just a shame the way he’s gone out, but look at what he’s done for British tennis and Scottish tennis,” he said.

“It’s been brilliant for me to watch him and he’s an inspiration to not just myself but many others.”

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