Robert MacIntyre used all his links experience to card a brilliant 65 on day three of The 2021 Open Championship as he aims for his best Major finish at Royal St George’s Golf Club.
Robert MacIntyre, statements
“Obviously it was a bonus there at 18. You are not expecting to hole that, you are just trying to get down in two. I criticise myself as much as anyone will. I know when my game is good and I came away from last week knowing that my game is good. I just didn’t feel I got anything out of last week and it was the same the first two days here. Yes, I managed to get something out of it by making the cut but I felt I had left something behind. Today was the foot on the gas again and it paid off. Hopefully I can just keep doing what I’m doing, keep hitting it the way I’m hitting it and keep seeing the putts going in, and hopefully we can get a high finish. I’ve got a lot to gain just now. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes that everyone knows about. I know fine well what a good performance here will do. Just keep playing free golf and keep seeing the putts go in and we’ll be all right. I am fully comfortable. This is where I want to play golf. Every time I want to be competing against the best and you can only be the best if you are competing against them and beating them. I know what already is really good, I know where I need to improve and it’s just about keeping on moving forward and not looking back and see what has gone wrong or whatever. I want to keep looking forward and how we can get better. If I can keep improving little bits here and there, we’ll do that”.
First the announcement of Coni with the renunciation of the Tokyo Games, then the decision to try everything in order to participate for the first time in the Olympics to which he had already had to refuse in the past. Francesco Molinari does not want to give up the Olympic dream and remains in the running at least until tomorrow to be part of the blue golf team for Japan. He will try all possible physiotherapy treatments until the end, as confirmed by Federgolf which will dissolve the reserve only on Sunday.
The king of Italgolf, who had already suffered the cut from the Open Championship yesterday – as explained by the press release from Coni that had announced the resignation in Tokyo – reported an injury in recent competitive engagements. A back problem that if not solved would force the Turin golf champion to miss the Olympics again after he had already given up on Rio 2016 for other reasons (the Zika virus, which was frightening to many). The fact remains that, at the Royal St. George, the man who won the Open three years ago found himself substantially mocked.
To put Molinari in strong doubt, stopped by an injury, even the tight deadlines for recovery, given that the Olympic golf tournament will begin on July 29th. In Tokyo Italy will be represented by Guido Migliozzi, Giulia Molinaro and Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso. And as a Paratore if in the end Francesco Molinari will not make it for real.
In England, the 149th of The Open – expected two years after the cancellation for Covid in 2020 – is an edition to be forgotten for the blue golf that in Sandwich, Kent, sees exit the scene, with a total of 142 (+2 ) shots, both Francesco Molinari (68 74) and Guido Migliozzi (69 73). On the Royal St George’s GC course (par 70), both 78 / i, the Turin and Vicenza – who will represent Italgolf in the men’s individual competition at the Tokyo Games – did not pass the cut. A double insult, especially for how the two Azzurri’s match had begun, respectively in 19th and 32nd place after the first round. Chicco Molinari, who in 2018 triumphing at The Open made history as the first Italian to win a Major, after an initial birdie (five of the day) recorded a very heavy quadruple bogey (hole 6, par 3, closed in 7 strokes), a double bogey (at 9, par 4) and three bogeys. While Migliozzi (making his absolute debut at the Open Championship) paid dearly for a bogey (five today) at 17 (the penultimate of the day) and the birdie and eagle made at 11 and 14 only served to increase the regrets.