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Canadian Open: Robert MacIntyre wins first PGA Tour title with father as caddy

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Image caption, MacIntyre had previously won twice on the European Tour

Canadian Open final rankings

-16 R MacIntyre (Sco); -15 B Griffin (USA); -14 V Perez (Fra); -13 T Kim (Kor), R McIlroy (NI); -12 C Connors (can)

Selected others: -8 A Rai (English); -7 D Skinns (Eng), T Fleetwood (Eng); -5 M Wallace (English)

Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre held off a host of challengers to win his first PGA Tour title at the RBC Canadian Open.

MacIntyre, whose caddy at Hamilton Golf and Country Club was his father Dougie, the head greenkeeper at Glencruitten Golf Club in Oban, recovered from a shaky start to win at one in 16 under par.

“I’m crying for joy, but I’m laughing because I didn’t think it was possible,” MacIntyre said.

“I went down last and my dad is trying to tell me to stay focused and swing smoothly because I was a little too fast (on Saturday), but in my head I wasn’t listening to him.

“I wanted to win this for my dad, this is the man who taught me the game of golf and I just can’t believe I did this with him on the bag.

“This is just everything for me and my family, my girlfriend, my team.”

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Image caption, MacIntyre Senior returns to Scotland on Monday after his son’s success

The 27-year-old hit a closing two-under-par 68 to hold off American Ben Griffin, with Frenchman Victor Perez one stroke back and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on 13 under, along with South Korea’s Tom Kim .

The victory also secures MacIntyre’s place at the US Open, which starts on June 13 at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

MacIntyre had led by four shots going into the final round, but saw that advantage disappear after he made the first bogey and home favorite Mackenzie Hughes made three early birdies.

The Scot responded superbly by birdieing the fourth, seventh and eighth holes to regain control of the £7.4million event, despite having to request several times for a drone to be used to to move the television coverage before he finally got his wish.

Another birdie on the 11th was followed by a wild tee shot on the 12th into a water hazard and another bogey on the 13th opened the door for the chasing pack, but the European Ryder Cup winner made a crucial birdie on the 15th.

Griffin had turned up the pressure with birdies at the 15th, 16th and 17th to close down one of his playing partners, but could not find another as MacIntyre safely parred the final three holes.

After two putts from 12 feet for the win, he hugged his father, who had been called up to caddy on short notice.

“It’s unbelievable. I’m a lawn mower and not a caddy,” said MacIntyre senior.

“Last Saturday evening I was sitting on the couch at home and I thought: can I leave my job here, I’m busy at work.

“The next morning at eight o’clock I’m on a flight here and wow.”

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