Robert MacIntyre bounces back from lockdown ‘struggle’ to claim his first European Tour title in the Cyprus Showdown
- Robert MacIntyre revealed how he had struggled to deal with the last lockdown
- MacIntyre said he initially had a ‘target’ to lose weight and get strong in that time
- When rules tightened he saw a psychologist to cope with having ‘nothing to do’
- MacIntyre birdied four of his last six holes to claim his first European Tour title
An emotional Robert MacIntyre revealed how he had struggled to deal with the coronavirus lockdown after producing a brilliant finish to claim his first European Tour title in the Cyprus Showdown.
MacIntyre birdied four of his last six holes at Aphrodite Hills to card a seven-under-par 64 and finish a shot ahead of Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura.
The 24-year-old Scot, who is from Oban, said: ‘It’s been a tough lockdown for me and the family.
Robert MacIntyre revealed how he had struggled to deal with the coronavirus lockdown
‘I’ve struggled mentally so to finally get over the line means the world.
‘The first nine or 10 weeks of lockdown were fine. I had things to do, trying to lose weight, become stronger.
‘Me and a friend were on Peloton almost every day. We had a target and, when that finished, there was nothing for us to do.
MacIntyre birdied four of his last six holes to claim his first European Tour title in Cyprus
He has revealed that he went to see a psychologist prior to the tournament to help in lockdown
‘I was wasting time, wasting away and started to struggle. I spoke to my mum and she guided me in the right direction and I went to see a psychologist who has helped.
‘I didn’t have the motivation for a wee while, I wasn’t wanting to play golf and wasn’t enjoying it. I finally got the bug back.
‘You start practising more, enjoying it. You could see the smile on my face last week, never mind this week.’
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