March 22, 2022
Austin, Texas, USA
Austin Country Club
ROBERT MACINTYRE: It's great. It's a great achievement. There's a lot more to go yet. Slightly falling down just now, but I have great opportunities coming up.
Q. How do you use this week of match play knowing it's a different format?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: Well, obviously played this last year and I've been brought up playing match play all my life. A lot of our junior golf is match play. I'm used to it. I know what it takes. But it's definitely tough. You're playing against the best guys in the world here this week. If you're not quite at it, then you can get blown out. If you're on your game, you can do something special.
Q. You were just talking about that crazy finish last year. What are you going to take away from that and use that going into this year?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: Yeah, in match play anything can happen. This golf course you can birdie every hole, or there's an opportunity to birdie every hole. Just don't get too down on yourself if it's not going your way. Even with a couple holes to go, there's still plenty of opportunities.
Q. Talk about the Scottish Open. How well do you know the Renaissance Club and how often have you played it outside of the Scottish Open?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: I've played it, I think, three times out of the Scottish Open. I know it reasonably well, just play it when I get up there. No, it's a decent track. It needs wind. Every links golf course in the world needs wind. Hopefully we can get some good weather but plenty of wind.
Q. As the Scottish amateur champion, what would it mean to you to add Scottish Open Champion to your resume?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: Yes, as a Scotsman, any of us want to win the Scottish Open. That's the ultimate goal for us is to win the Scottish Open. Just any Scottish guy wants to win the Scottish Open, whether it's at the Renaissance, whether it was at Loch Lomond. The Scottish Open is the Scottish Open.
Q. Did you grow up watching the Scottish Open? What are your fondest memories, and did you ever attend the event as a fan?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: Yeah, it used to be at Loch Lomond, which is an hour and a half from home. I've been brought up watching it since I was probably 10 years old. Me and my dad used to go down there and watch the golf. That was special. Watched Alex Noren win there and loads of different winners, Johann Edfors. Just great memories of the Scottish Open.
Q. How is it to have a co-sanctioned event with the DP World Tour and the PGA TOUR?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: Oh, it's massive. It sits perfectly in the schedule for a links course, just a week before the British. Being co-sanctioned has just elevated it even more. It was brilliant already, but I think this year is going to be something special.
Q. Last Scot to win was Colin Montgomerie in '99, a month before your third birthday. Obviously you weren't watching it, but was Monty a player you looked up to, and if so, do you have any relationship with him?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: I don't have any sort of relationship with him. I've met him a couple of times, but his record speaks for itself. My caddie Mike, that's his favor golfer ever. If you say anything about Monty, his ears are standing up. But no, he's obviously such an incredible golfer and a great guy.
Q. When you make a mistake, how do you overcome it?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: Hopefully do something special on the next shot or make a birdie on the next hole. But you've just got to stay relaxed and accept it. You can't be perfect at golf. It's a game that you can't perfect. You've just got to get on with it.
Q. How do you pick yourself up after a bad round?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: Don't speak to anyone for about an hour. Just kind of put myself away from anyone, lock myself in a room and just -- after an hour just get on with life. It's the game of golf; you're going to have plenty of bad ones, but there's going to be more good.
Q. How is life similar?
ROBERT MACINTYRE: Yeah, exactly. You're going to get knocked down, you're going to get back up. You've just got to keep going. There's plenty of struggles in life, and the same in golf. There's tough times in golf, and there's tough times in life. You've just got to try and do your best as much as you can and just move on.
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