Scotsman shoots 7-under 64 to win Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown, building on promise of 2019 rookie-of-the-year season
64: Winning score for Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, who prevailed in the final-round 19-man shootout Sunday for the title at the European Tour’s Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown in Paphos, Cyprus. MacIntyre tapped in for a two-putt birdie at the par-5 18th hole at Aphrodite Hills Resort to seal his first title on the tour. “It’s just what I’ve been working for,” said MacIntyre, 24, the tour’s rookie of the year in 2019. “My game’s there, tee to green. Putting had been stone cold. It turned out right at the right time.” He birdied four of his final six holes en route to a back-nine 5-under 30 and his 7-under winning score. Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura finished second at 65, followed by Spain’s Jorge Campillo, who eagled the last hole, at 66. The tournament, the second consecutive event at the resort, featured an unusual format: a 36-hole cut to the low 32 players and ties, with scores reset to zero, a 54-hole cut to the low 16 and ties – 19 players made it to the final round – again with scores being reset to zero, and then an 18-hole shootout on Sunday to determine the winner. MacIntyre had tied for third a week earlier in the inaugural Cyprus Open (scores).
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