Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre was thrilled to secure a place in next year’s Masters after making a hugely impressive debut at Augusta National.
With the top 12 and ties guaranteed an invite for 2022, MacIntyre was in danger of missing out until he birdied the 18th in a closing 72 to finish in a six-way tie for 12th.
“This is a place you want to be competing every year,” the left-hander from Oban said. “My first time this year and I obviously put up a decent fight, but once you come here, you don’t want to miss another one.
“I’m not missing next year for anything. I’ve played some great golf over the last week and I feel like my game suits this golf course.
“The way I play golf suits the way this golf course wants you to play golf. I’m just over the moon to finish the way I finished.
“If someone had given me tied for 12th for a start, I’d have taken it, but then once I started getting into the battle, I could see how people were making scores.
“Obviously got off to a poor start today, but I battled back the way I normally do. Disappointing bogeys on 16 and 17, but huge birdieing the last.
“This moment right now is everything I’ve ever dreamed of, and it’s what I play golf for.
“I’ve got to take the positives. I’ve played great for my first year and tried to manage my way around a golf course that I’ve never seen – I’ve only played it on computer games with my pals.”