Robert MacIntyre targets 2020 Ryder Cup and world's top 50 after Rookie of the Year crown

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Robert MacIntyre speaks of a "nervy few weeks" as he clinches Rookie of the Year.

Scotland's Robert MacIntyre is targeting next year's Ryder Cup after finishing his debut season on the European Tour as Rookie of the Year.

The 23-year-old from Oban shot a final-round 69 at the Tour Championship to finish on six under par.

His nearest challenger for the award, Kurt Kitayama of the United States, was eight over par for the tournament.

"There are going to be goals that are beyond what I thought I could achieve early on," MacIntyre told BBC Scotland.

"If we can keep improving then Ryder Cups and top 50 in the world are all achievable."

MacIntyre is projected to finish 11th in the Race To Dubai standings after a tremendous first year on tour, with seven top-10 places, including three runner-up finishes.

He is the 13th Scot to be crowned Rookie of the Year and the first since Marc Warren in 2006.

He also collected the Tour's 'Graduate of the Year' award after his step up from the Challenge Tour.

"My goal for the season was just to keep my card," MacIntyre added. "But once I came close at the British Masters, it opened my eyes to the world of golf."

"It made me realise I can compete out here and obviously I've thrown in other good results at bigger events.

"I'm just absolutely delighted the season's finally over and looking forward to doing it all again next season."

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