It’s been said before and we’ll say it again – the sound quality on the European Tour broadcasts is second to none. We already knew this from the two long approach shots that doubled as heat-seeking missiles Alexander Levy and Justin Thomas hit earlier this year, and it was reaffirmed overnight at the Italian Open, where Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre hit a driver off the deck that you’ll be watching and listening to on repeat for the rest of the day.
MacIntyre, 23, had just made double-bogey on Olgiata Golf Club’s eighth hole, his 17th, to spoil what was an otherwise stellar round. It dropped him to one-under, but he had an opportunity to get one back at the 570-metre par 5 ninth, where he went driver-driver and found the green. Crank up the volume on this one:
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) October 10, 2019
For us mere mortals, successfully executing a driver off the deck is like finding a unicorn. For these guys, it’s just another shot in the arsenal to pull out when the mood strikes. Heroic stuff from MacIntyre, who has given Scottish golf fans a lot to be excited about. The young, sweet-swinging lefty already has three runner-ups on the European Tour this season, plus a T-6 at the Open Championship.
Unfortunately, the Scot went on to miss that short eagle putt, but he did make birdie to post two-under, putting him five off the lead in Rome.