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MacIntyre is set for all new ball game after his successful debut

Job done: Bob MacIntyre will be invited back to The Open
Job done: Bob MacIntyre will be invited back to The Open

By Nick Purewal

Bob MacIntyre shot a final-round 68 to tie for sixth at his maiden Open Championship - then pledged to celebrate by going shinty training.

MacIntyre's dad Dougie manages Oban Celtic shinty club, and the 22-year-old said he will be back in training come Tuesday.

"I've got three weeks off now; I'm scheduled for a bit of shinty training on Tuesday night, so I'll be into that," said MacIntyre.

"I go training every week when I'm at home. It just gives me that peace of mind, I'm away from absolutely everything and you get out with your pals.

"I've lost a bit of weight doing it recently too; it's good for the fitness, it's not dangerous at all. I enjoy it and I'll keep doing it."

MacIntyre will receive an invitation to next year's Open with the sixth-placed finish.

He drained a stunning long putt on the 18th for birdie to complete his 68, admitting he soaked in the atmosphere with the grandstand roaring approval.

"I just had to enjoy it, you never know how many of these you're going to get so for my first one, it's been a dream come true," said MacIntyre.

"I'm quite a chilled out guy. This kind of week, I just enjoy it.

"The highlight has to be holing the 15-20 foot putt on the 18th. That gets the hairs standing up on the back of your neck.

"As a young kid on the putting green with your pals you're thinking about winning The Masters, The Open. Unfortunately that putt wasn't to win The Open, but it has put me in a good position for the future."

MacIntyre was caught in a spat with Kyle Stanley earlier this week, when his American playing partner failed to shout 'fore' twice on their round.

The second time Stanley's wayward ball hit MacIntyre's caddie's mum, leaving the Scot to hand the US man a dressing down.

Stanley bit back by claiming he did not need educating on the rules of golf, but MacIntyre remained phlegmatic.

"It doesn't matter what, you're going to get negative feedback," said MacIntyre. "I'm proud of the way I handled everything."

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