|Appointment: June 17-20 Location: Torrey Pines, California|
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Robert MacIntyre faces the world’s best at the US Open this week with another career milestone in sight.
The Scotsman is making his sixth appearance in a major tournament at Torrey Pines, having made the cut in his previous five and marked his Masters debut in April with a tie for 12th.
Another impressive performance might be enough to win a PGA Tour card for the 24-year-old for the first time.
“It only takes a good week,” he told BBC Scotland.
“Not just on the world rankings, but my points from the tournaments I’ve played so far, I’ve done a good job of trying to secure my full card.
“That’s one of my goals, but there are two ways to do it – either beat the park in the 12 PGA events I have, or you can go to the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.
“It’s a byproduct of good golf. If I play good golf, I’ll have this PGA Tour card locked.”
“I am more worried about football than golf”
MacIntyre arrived in California in a relaxed and confident mood for his third major on American soil in three months.
His exploits in the United States earlier in the year – a dreamy debut in Augusta after drawing Dustin Johnson in the last 16 of WGC World Matchplay – filled him with the belief that he belonged to the elite.
Now, having finished 49th in the PGA Championship last month, the Scotsman is aiming higher while enjoying the major experience in his stride.
“It’s literally like I’m coming to play Glencruitten, Loch Lomond or anywhere in the world. I’m just trying to treat him the same,” he added.
“Making the cup is the main goal, but you’re trying to win the tournament. If you don’t have a good week, it’s damage limiting. I feel like I did well and I can manage myself. when I’m having a hard time. “
While focusing on the task ahead, MacIntyre will also be following events closely at home as the Scottish men’s soccer team return to the big stage at Euro 2020 after a 23-year exile.
The second round of the US Open on Friday coincides with Scotland’s trip to face England at Wembley (8 p.m. BST).
“I don’t worry about golf – I’m more focused on football!” said MacIntyre, whose departure time is 3:18 p.m.
“Even though I’m on the course, I will get updates from Davie, my trainer. I will make sure he activates this data for the scores. I will probably hear him before I ask him. Someone will be absent. there supporting Scotland. “