Triumphant tartan trio reunited in US Open at Winged Foot

MacIntyre, Syme and Scott helped Scotland win European title in 2016

Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 11:31 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 12:52 pm
Scotland's winning side in the European Team Championship in 2016 at Chantilly in France. Back row, from left: Bob MacIntyre, Jamie Savage and Sandy Scott. Front row: Craig Howie, Connor Syme and Grant Forrest.

Scotland's trio of representatives in this week's 120th US Open - Bob MacIntyre, Connor Syme and Sandy Scott - are being reunited at Winged Foot in the second men's major of the year.

They were team-mates for the last time as amateurs when Scotland successfully defended the European Team Championship in 2016, joining forces with Grant Forrest, Craig Howie and Jamie Savage at Chantilly in France.

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Now MacIntyre (24), Syme (25) and Scott (22) are all making their US Open debut at the same time, having secured spots in the USGA event through separate exemption categories.

MacIntyre got in through the professional world rankings and Scott off the equivalent amateur standings, while Syme qualified through the European Tour's mini-order of merit on the recent UK Swing.

“I know a lot about wee Sandy – or big Sandy now," said MacIntyre of Nairn man Scott. “I played amateur golf with Sandy, and was his partner when we won the European Team Championship in France. Me and him played as partners on the last day.

“His game has changed a lot since he went to the US (where he attends Texas Tech). He is hitting the ball a lot further now, although I have not played with him in a few years.

“He is from the Highlands – I call him a teuchter. He is a great player, and he will do well. He’s going to turn pro at some point, I don’t know when, but I’m sure he’s going to have a long career ahead of him."

Along with MacIntyre and Syme, Forrest is also now playing on the European Tour, where Challenge Tour card holder Howie recorded a top-five finish in the recent UK Championship at The Belfry.

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