“This changes things for sure. You always have doubts when you’re not winning, but you have to just keep trying. This means an awful lot to me,” he said.
McIntyre was a four-time runner up on the Sunshine Tour before finally breaking through at Vaal de Grace Golf Estate this week and the points he earned will go a long way towards helping him make the elite 30-man field of the Investec Cup in March next year.
The Chase to the 2015 Investec Cup began at this year’s Telkom Business PGA Championship and incorporates every Sunshine Tour event until the week preceding the Investec Cup tournament next March. Bigger events, such as those co-sanctioned with the European Tour, offer more points.
Earlier this season McIntyre netted 155 points for his third-place finish at the Zambia Sugar Open and he's continued to earn points at all but one event since. He’s collected 427 points over his 13 starts this season, but still lies 563 points adrift of Chase to the Investec Cup leader Danie van Tonder.
In two months the big events of summer will begin and McIntyre has a solid foundation to build upon. In the coming months he’ll look to stay within the bounds of the top 30 and secure his spot in the Investec Cup.