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Follow Bob MacIntyre's US Adventure

11/04/21

Robert’s meteoric rise up the world rankings is undoubtedly on the back of his hard work, talent and positive attitude. These traits can often be difficult to measure for any business, and the recruitment industry is no different. At Orion we understand these challenges and work closely with our clients to not only map out the technical skillsets but also the required soft skills which help us identify and qualify the best candidates for each role. If you are struggling to identify and retain key personnel for your energy projects in the US, please reach out to our Business Manager – Richard Kirwan for further details on how Orion Group can support your talent acquisition needs.

To mark Bob’s American adventure, we gave away a 30 year old limited edition bottle of Tomatin malt whisky. Competition is now closed.

 

      

April 11th - day 4

What was the goal at the start of the week? Robert MacIntyre did much better than we all hoped and could ever have expected. The young man from Oban closed out his Masters debut with a level-par round of 72 to finish on two-under and in a tie for 12th. This is fantastic news as the top-12 and ties all get an invite to return to Augusta next year.  Bob’s score over the 4 days also betters the last best finish by a Scotsman at The Masters since the turn of the century - Colin Montgomerie completed a T-14 finish in 2002.  Bob’s view – “a learning experience”.  Next year’s Master’s cannot come soon enough! 

April 10th - Day 3

What a weekend! Robert MacIntyre posted another round of 70, with 6 birdies to lie two-under on T10 after three days at Augusta National. For a short spell, the 24-year-old Scot held the clubhouse lead. By the end of the day, he had climbed into the top-10 on the leaderboard, with the top-12 and ties at the close of play tomorrow receiving an invite to return next year. Young debutants just aren't supposed to play this well. Small wonder, that MacIntyre is feeling good going into his first Masters Sunday. Best of luck today Bob, we are all rooting for you and proud to be associated with a such a talented individual.

 April 10th Day 2

Orion’s Robert MacIntyre continues to impress and delight in equal measure. The 24-year-old Scot has safely advanced to the weekend on his Masters debut after a superb two-under-par second round of 70 at Augusta National. For some context, the best performance by a Scot at Augusta National since the turn of the century is a tie for 14th, posted by Colin Montgomerie in 2002. MacIntyre has a magnificent chance to better that - if not do something even more special.

 April 9th - Day 1

An impressive debut for Bob at the Masters leaves him sitting in a tie for 30th after a first round 74 (+2). The highlight of the day was undoubtedly his outstanding chip on the 17th which dropped for his 5th birdie of the day. On to Friday where Bob is out early at 836 EDT. Follow along here Masters leader Board

April 8th - All systems go! 

Bob gets his first Masters underway this morning at 1142 EDT where he is paired with C.T Pan and former Masters champion Mike Weir. All the very best from everyone at Orion, we look forward to seeing your name on the leaderboard. For anyone looking to check in on how Bob is doing you can follow his progress at Leader Board

April 6th - Watch Bob arriving at Augusta listening to his favourite music

In true Scottish fashion, Bob marked his first trip down Magnolia Lane with the familiar sounds of some Scottish ceilidh music. Things were a bit quieter out on the course where he spent his Monday practice round picking the brain of former Masters winner Patrick Reed and then followed it up today by playing a round with fellow scotsman, Martin Laird. Seeking guidance from the players who have been there and done that is a trait of many first timers as they try to unlock the secrets of how to navigate the Augusta National layout. At Orion, it is no different. We provide our candidates with the tools and information required to be successful in their role. Ahead tomorrow are final preparations and the famous par three competition before the tournament begins on Thursday

April 2nd - Bob punches his ticket to the Masters

Last week’s phenomenal performance from Orion golfer Bob MacIntyre saw him top his group at the WGC match play. This performance also guaranteed him a spot at next week’s Masters Tournament. When Bob learned of the news earlier this week, he couldn’t hide his excitement. As a first-time player at Augusta, he cannot wait to hit the links and play on the course so many other golf greats have competed on. Bob thanked everyone at Orion for the support they have shown him since turning professional in 2017, saying, “Orion took a chance on me at the very start of my professional career, which I will be forever grateful for. Their consistent support has been massively beneficial for me and provided me the freedom and peace of mind to just go out and focus on my game.” 

Family is important to the Scottish golfer, and it was one of the main reasons he wanted to partner with Orion, which is a family-run business with a proven track record of supporting talent. As one of the largest independent recruitment to the energy, life sciences and other industries, Orion understands that it takes time and commitment to help people succeed in their chosen career paths. Bob stated, “It is clear to see that the principles and values that the company were built upon are still very much at the beating heart of the organisation today. Their commitment to my career has helped play a part in this Masters debut.”

March 23rd - Orion Ambassador Robert MacIntyre is in Texas this week for the Dell Technologies WGC Matchplay Championship where the change in format will suit his aggressive game and reputation as a strong head to head player.

The format sees groups of four playing against each other in eighteen hole matches before the winner of each group moves on to the knockout stages. Robert has been seeded 41st for the event and has drawn a marque group which includes the current world #1 Dustin Johnson, who he will face on Thursday.

In his final tune up for the event, Bob had the pleasure of running into Scottish legend and former Orion sponsored golfer Sandy Lyle whilst practicing in Florida. With the Masters just around the corner, Bob will be hoping to run into Sandy again in the not too distant future.

The matchplay event is held at the famed Austin Country Club which is just over a two hour drive from our North American head office in Houston, TX. Our regional footprint also includes strategically located offices based in Chicago, Anchorage and Calgary to provide full project life cycle support for all of our Oil & Gas, Power and Utilities, Energy, Construction and Life Science clients.

March 15th - Orion ambassador Robert MacIntyre completed the Florida portion of his US schedule this past week making his first appearance at The Players Championship. Unfortunately after a run of events over the last few weeks Lefty, as Robert is better known, did not have his best stuff and missed the weekend. He did however find a piece of magic on the famed 17th hole during one of the practice rounds with this trick shot which set the small crowd alight.

This kind of imagination, out of the box thinking and ability to manage difficult situations are traits that we value highly at Orion as we strive to serve the needs of our clients each and every day.
Robert now takes a well deserved week off before returning to action for the World Golf Matchplay Championship which will be held in Austin, TX just a couple of hours from our flagship North American office in Houston, TX. All of us at Orion look forward to continuing to follow Robert’s progress in the US which should hopefully conclude with a spot in the Masters in early April.

March 9th - Orion sponsored golfer, Robert MacIntyre, breaks new ground this week climbing to a career high of #42 in the official world golf ranking. Orion is proud to support the young talented Scot as he continues to make his mark on the golfing world, and we wish him well this week on the latest stop on his U.S. schedule where he competes at the Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida.

Some background on Bob MacIntyre

Like many of us, 2020 was a year of ups and downs for professional golfer, Robert MacIntyre. Having been on a near positive career trajectory in recent years, leading to the 24-year-old being named European Tour Rookie of the Year 2019, it seemed a matter of when, not if, the Scotsman would win his first tour event. There was even talk of Major hopes and Ryder Cup team inclusion. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

Returning to his native Oban while the world and European Tour and PGA Tour went into lockdown, Bob - as he is known to friends and family - was faced with the same challenges we have all had to contend with in the last 12 months.

Setting himself targets to build up strength, MacIntyre spent much of the first ten weeks of lockdown working with a friend to achieve his fitness goals. With the golfer having hit these targets, he started to struggle, admitting he felt like he was ‘wasting away’.

“It was a difficult few months,” he told Skysports. “Only my family know what’s been going on.

“I struggled mentally from about eight, ten weeks after lockdown, almost when it opened up slightly - it felt like you were getting released into the open, but you were still getting told what to do, and that was tough for me. It was in the back of my mind that I’d lost my game a little bit...I didn’t have motivation for a wee while; I wasn’t wanting to play golf and wasn’t enjoying it.”

However, showing the determination and strength that persuaded Orion to sponsor MacIntyre when he transitioned as an up-and-coming star of the Amateur game to professional status. Far from becoming introspective, the young golfer sought the advice and support of those closest to him:

“Everyone knows that my family are right behind me and the support that I get from them is huge,” he added. “I spoke to my mum, and she guided me in the right direction, and I went to see a psychologist who has helped me in a huge way.”

Returning to the European Tour in August 2020 after a five-month hiatus from the game, that support from friends and family and Bob’s focus on building his mental resilience started to pay off. A steady - if not spectacular - return to the fairways followed. After replacing caddy Greg Milne, with Mikey Thomson - who MacIntyre says has ‘the winning mentality’ - the new team clicked. 

A tie for 14th place at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open in October 2020 was soon followed up by a tie for 3rd at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open. A week later, Scotland’s top-ranked golfer achieved a life-long ambition by clinching his first European Tour win in the new Cyprus Showdown event. A tie for 6th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship came soon after and January 2021 saw MacIntyre go close in the prestigious Omega Dubai Desert Classic, eventually finishing 3rd.

Now occupying 43rd place in the World Golf Rankings - also rated the world’s best left-handed golfer - MacIntyre has his eyes firmly set on appearing at the 2021 Major events that being a top 50 ranked golfer brings. Indeed, a maiden appearance at The Masters on the hallowed fairways of Augusta beckons if MacIntyre can remain inside the top 50 by the end of March 2021. With that comes the promise of putting himself in contention for September’s Ryder Cup.

It’s a possibility that Europe captain, Padraig Harrington, spoke to Golf Digest about recently: “Bob is definitely a good enough player to make the Ryder Cup team. He’s one of the future stars of the European Tour.

“From a statistical point of view and from a personality point of view, he’s kind of a hearty fella, which you want. He’s a tough customer. He’s a fighter. He gets it done, which is very important when it comes to match play.”

Now, nearly 12 months since the start of this journey, things are looking brighter than ever for Bob. The Oban native is stronger for the experience. He says he has ‘got the ‘bug back’ and is ready to ‘take on the world’. As we all look to navigate our way out of lockdown and back to everyday life, he is a lesson to us all; an inspiration to anyone going through difficult times or finding current restrictions - or the promise of society opening back up again - challenging.

Bob attributes bouncing back from what was one of the biggest challenges he has faced to something that is at the heart of everything Orion does: Teamwork.

“It’s all about the team.,” said MacIntyre in a recent interview with BBC Sport. “I feel that I’ve got the right team around me to achieve what I want to and, if I can keep on trusting them and they keep on trusting me, I’ll just shoot for the stars.”

 

*Terms and Conditions of entry to the Orion Prize draw. The competition closes at 12 midnight GMT on the 12th of April 2021:

The draw will be made on 13th of April 2021

To enter the free prize draw, please ensure you are over 21 years of age or legal equivalent age in your territory.

The competition is not open to any employees of Orion Group.

There are no costs associated with entry and once verified, the prize will be sent to your home address by courier.

Obligations of entry: Supply of a photo of the winner with the prize and your permission to use your name and photo on our website and social media channels. 

Thank you and good luck!

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