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Robert MacIntyre, playing with special caddy, snatches RBC Canadian Open lead

Robert McIntyre had yet to make a bogey at the RBC Canadian Open and left the golf course with a three-stroke lead.

He feels at home at Hamilton Golf and Country Club, walking around as if it were his home course in Scotland.

But this week he is back in part of his hometown, with McIntyre, a 26-year-old Scotsman, having been rotated by looper in recent weeks, and his father, Dougie, acting as his caddie.

“I’ve only been home for three weeks since Jan. 3, so I haven’t seen my dad much,” MacIntyre explained after shooting a 4-under 66 on Friday.

“Obviously, I made an emergency call last week to tell him to come here and he jumped at the chance. It’s nice to be able to spend an extra week with loved ones.”


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Last month, MacIntyre admitted he felt “lonely” on the PGA Tour, saying the camaraderie and travel were different to those on Europe’s DP World Tour, but that hasn’t hindered his recent form, as he tied for eighth at the PGA Championship, his best major finish since 2019.

He then missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge, but has played well so far in Canada, relying heavily on his short game to rocket to the top of the leaderboard, ranking second in strokes gained while putting and strokes gained around the green, as well as first in overall strokes gained.

But McIntyre, who finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy at last summer’s Genesis Scottish Open, isn’t relying too much on his father.

“This is my first time playing catcher in a proper tournament. We’re just learning as we go. Well, he’s learning as he goes and I’m just trying to stay as calm as possible,” McIntyre said.

Robert McIntyre, PGA Tour, RBC Canadian Open

Robert McIntyre with his father during the second round of the 2024 RBC Canadian Open.
Photo by Jorge Lemus/Getty Images

“I try not to get too frustrated when I miss a shot. Yeah, I just try to have as much fun as I can.”

Despite Dougie’s lack of golfing experience, the father-son duo seems to enjoy the game, with younger brother McIntyre admitting his best memory from the week wasn’t how well he played, but “playing 36 holes with my dad.”

“That’s cool. He can always say he led a PGA Tour event at some point,” MacIntyre joked.

“Who knows what’s going to happen in the next two rounds. I’m just going to go out there and do the same thing — hit as many fairways as I can, hit as many good shots as I can and just keep doing the same thing. Like I always say, it’s not rocket science, it’s the golf course. It’s me versus the golf course. I think I’m doing a good job so far.”

Jack Mirko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation Playing Through. Follow For more golf articles, follow us on Twitter Jack Mirko In the same way.

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