Robert MacIntyre Wins Cyprus Showdown Amid & # 039; mental battle & # 039; Pandemic

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Robert MacIntyre was one of 19 players to start the last day level 64 R MacIntyre (Sco); 65 M Kawamura (Jpn); 66 J Campillo (Spa); 67 C Shinkwin (Eng), Johannes Veerman (USA), Thomas Detry (Bel) Selected others: 68 Gavin Green (Mal), Alexander Levy (Fra); 69 Steven Brown (Eng), Matthew Jordan (Eng)

Robert MacIntyre of Scotland claimed his first European Tour title in the Cyprus Showdown, but admitted he "struggled mentally" during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 24-year-old from Oban took a bird's-eye view of four of his last six holes at Aphrodite Hills to finish a shot for Japanese Masahiro Kawamura.

Nineteen players had qualified for a final day on which they began level.

"It's been a great week. The momentum is there, so it's about going out and enjoying yourself again," MacIntyre said.

"I've struggled every part of my life since the Covid pandemic and my golf had a tough time too. Family knows what's going on, but we've finally got a shape found and have started playing a few tournaments in a row and you are starting to build up your momentum. "

MacIntyre paid tribute to his new caddy for helping him cope with the pressure of the closing holes of his seven-under-par 64 round.

"We got a storm delay on the 14th tee, so when we got back I managed to get three birdies in the last five holes so it was a great way to finish he told BBC Scotland.

"Last week I just came up short and it was on the exact same course this week so I knew the course and when it came to the shootout on the last day it suited my style I do a lot of birdies, but I also make a lot of mistakes and luckily I made few mistakes today. "

MacIntyre was inches from a hole-in-one on the 17th and tapped in for birdie to take the outright lead briefly before Kawamura birdied the 18th to complete a 65.

That caused MacIntyre to have the last birdie to win and the left-handed followed a perfect ride with a solid approach before he safely two-pits from 20 feet to secure the win .

The Scot admits that he now has to judge how to balance tournaments in order to continue his good form while staying free from the virus.

"Obviously, you don't want to quit, but life is more important than golf tournaments and you just have to try to stay safe," he added.

"I just struggled mentally and I'm sure a lot of people in the sports world were struggling, but I have the right people around me and today sums it all up."

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