Robert MacIntyre says mentality is better one year after the withdrawal from Abu Dhabi

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Robert MacIntyre claimed his first European Tour title at the Cyprus Showdown in November

Robert MacIntyre believes he is in a much better place psychologically 12 months after he had to retire from the Abu Dhabi Championship.

MacIntyre, who was European Tour Rookie of the Year at the time, missed the first major event of 2020 due to injury.

However, he will take his place in this year's event, which starts Thursday.

"I asked myself," Have I lost my golf game now and will I ever go back to where I want to be? "& # 39; & # 39 ;, Said the 24-year-old Scot.

"I came here and did my best to play – but couldn't hit the golf ball, so I pulled back.

"Work hard. Everyone has spells when you're down, but it comes the other side of that.

" right people. I talked to my parents and if I ever get that again I would do the same again and we will work it out. "

Oban & # 39; s MacIntyre cited his mother's positive influence -" she's like Superwoman to me "- for negotiating such difficulties and thankful that" the right people around me ".

He took his first European Tour victory in Cyprus in November and has risen to 51st in this week's men's rankings. He is now hoping for the Masters in Augusta to be reached in April by breaking into the top 50 by the end of March.

"The journey I've been on has been going up since I was about 17 years old," explained he explains. "I've always just slowly taken a step up.

" I do things differently than most people. Everything I have done so far has always been thought through. Not just by me or my manager or family, it's all about the team.

"If I feel comfortable doing something, I'm going to do it right. If I don't feel comfortable I will be tense and doubt myself

"I'm going all the way through this year. At the beginning of the year I'm going to play in as big [events] as I can. "

& # 39; It's not Oban, but the weather is fair & # 39;

This week's tournament is not just the first European Tour event of 2021, but it is also the first of four in the Rolex series and big winners Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas are among those competing for the $ 8 million prize pool.

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"I've played in The Open and Scottish Open and played with Rory and Justin and felt comfortable being around them and talking to them," MacIntyre added. "That's half the battle. If you can get respect from these guys, you're doing something right.

"It's not bad here. It's not quite like Oban, but the weather is fair. The courses are more detailed because of the desert and you can see how golf courses should be played. I just feel that it suits my eye better.

"When I play on a park track, sometimes I don't see it visually. I don't see the shots. Here I just love it. "

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