Ryder Cup star makes another (!) caddie switch as PGA Tour dream beckons

Ryder Cup star Bob MacIntyre confirms another caddie is on his bag at the Qatar Masters this week. 

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Wed, 25 Oct 2023
Ryder Cup star makes another (!) caddie switch as PGA Tour dream beckons

European Ryder Cup star Bob MacIntyre has confirmed he has another caddie on the bag at this week's Qatar Masters as the Scot looks to seal his PGA Tour card for '24.

MacIntyre, who narrowly squeezed his way into the automatic places in Luke Donald's victorious 2023 European Ryder Cup team, is all-but assured of taking one of 10 PGA Tour cards available for the leading players in the DP World Tour Rankings this season. 

The top 10 players in the DP World Tour Rankings not otherwise exempt will be headed to the PGA Tour in 2024. 

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MacIntyre, who took 2.5 points from three at the Ryder Cup, is currently 10th in the DP World Tour Rankings but more importantly sixth in the race for 10 PGA Tour cards.

Other players who will lock up PGA Tour cards from the former European Tour circuit this season include Ryder Cup reject and last week's Andalucia Masters champion Adrian Meronk, BMW PGA champion Ryan Fox, Victor Perez, Min Woo Lee and Alex Bjork.

There are just three more events left on the DP World Tour this season (Qatar Masters, Nedbank Golf Challenge, DP World Tour Championship). 

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MacIntyre changes caddie (again!) 

MacIntyre, 27, began the DP World Tour season with fellow Scot Mike Thomson on his golf bag before switching back to his original caddie Greg Milne, whom he teamed up with en route to Ryder Cup victory in Rome earlier this month. 

Milne was still on MacIntyre's bag at the Alfred Dunhill Links Pro-Am at the Home of Golf but they then parted ways ahead of last week's Andalucia Masters where new caddie Mike Burrow assumed the role. 

According to The Scotsman, MacIntyre decided on making the switch to Burrow as a result of his experience on the PGA Tour and most recently working with former Masters champion Danny Willett. 

MacIntyre told The Scotsman: 

"I’m feeling good. A little tired after the Pro-Am, but the game has been good. Made another change with the caddie, but the game is in good shape. Just trying to manage my energy output just now and hopefully it’s not too hot over the next couple of days.
"I’ve not done much other than play the holes I’ve needed to play. Mike even said it on the way around, let’s not get annoyed because it’ll waste energy. It’s easier said than done, but it’s a massive part about this week."

The two-time DP World Tour winner added: 

"I have my eye on one of the Top 10 cards for the PGA Tour. I’m close to being set, I would say. But that’s why I’m here, picking up points. Trying to win golf tournaments, but, if not, just pick up as many points as I can.
"It’s the same as when I was on the chase for the Ryder Cup. Turn up and pick up points, whether it’s one point or 400 points, it can be vital at the end. My goal is to play freely, play smart and pick up some points."

The former European Tour circuit this week confirmed another change to their membership next season in that PGA Tour players finishing 126-200 in the FedEx Cup standings this season will receive opportunities to play on the DP World Tour in 2024. 

The latest update does not sit well with DP World Tour star Eddie Pepperell, who has labelled the plans "a disaster".

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