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World No 42 Robert MacIntyre making his debut at The Players at TPC Sawgrass; Scot to play alongside Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen over first two rounds – watch live this week on Sky Sports The Players

By Ali Stafford

Last Updated: 10/03/21 1:27pm

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Robert MacIntyre produced a moment of magic at TPC Sawgrass’ iconic par-three 17th with an incredible backwards chip-in during a practice round

Robert MacIntyre produced a moment of magic at TPC Sawgrass’ iconic par-three 17th with an incredible backwards chip-in during a practice round

Robert MacIntyre has wasted little time in getting comfortable at The Players by holing a seemingly near-impossible shot at TPC Sawgrass’ most iconic hole.

MacIntyre is making his debut at the PGA Tour’s flagship event this week after breaking into the world’s top 50, just a week on from making his first regular PGA Tour start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The par-three 17th at TPC Sawgrass has seen many memorable moments through the years and been a pivotal hole in past Players Championship victories, with the ‘island green’ giving plenty for players to think about.

MacIntyre finished tied-36th at Bay Hill on Sunday MacIntyre finished tied-36th at Bay Hill on Sunday

MacIntyre finished tied-36th at Bay Hill on Sunday

MacIntyre elected to try something different on the hole during a practice round, with the Scot switching from his traditional left-handed swing to try a much tougher shot with a right-handed club.

Faced with an unorthodox stance and with his back to the flag, MacIntyre struck his pitch from the narrow walkway next to the green towards the pin, with the world No 43 then raising his club in celebration after unexpectedly holing his effort.

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The unlikely hole-out brought cheers from the limited crowds around the 17th hole, with MacIntyre now hoping he can achieve more success on the par-three when the tournament begins on Thursday.

Click on the video above to see MacIntyre’s Sawgrass magic!

Watch the Players Championship throughout the week on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel – Sky Sports The Players! Live coverage begins on Thursday March 11 from 11.30am.