Robert MacIntyre secured a maiden European Tour title with a spectacular birdie-birdie finish at the inaugural Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown on Sunday.
Last year, I was talking and thinking about winning golf tournaments when I was going down the back nine on a Sunday, but this year I’ve just tried to take my time and let it happenRobert MacIntyre
The Scot who finished tied third at last week’s Cyprus Open over the same layout, posted a final round seven-under 64 to edge out Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura by a solitary shot.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s what I’ve dreamed of as a wee kid,” said a tearful MacIntyre, who rediscovered the form of last year that saw him win the prestigious accolade of Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award.
“Watching Scottish Opens at Loch Lomond and to finally play on Tour and give myself a lot of chances last year, this week the format suited me and we took it out.
“I’ve done a lot of work in the last six months, not thinking about winning a golf tournament, just to play my golf.
“Last year, I was talking and thinking about winning golf tournaments when I was going down the back nine on a Sunday, but this year I’ve just tried to take my time and let it happen.
“What will happen will happen and it’s happened today.”
Jorge Campillo of Spain closed out with a birdie-eagle finish to secure outright third on five-under, one shot clear of a trio including Belgian Thomas Detry, England’s Callum Shinkwin and American Johannes Veerman.