2-time DP World Tour winner, Bob MacIntyre will have a new name on the bag this week with a special edition My Name’5 Doddie Foundation branded golf bag, specially manufactured by Vessel, to compete in the second Major of the year, the PGA Championship, at Oak Hill in Rochester.
As well as carrying the Foundation’s name on his bag, Bob has pledged to donate £500 for every birdie, and £1,000 for every eagle which is set to be matched by his long-term sponsor, Arnold Clark.
Speaking from Oak Hill, Bob said: “Doddie was a huge personality both on and off the pitch, and will always be loved and respected far beyond the rugby world. As a fellow Scot, he was inspirational and I count myself fortunate to have known him and loved the support he gave me with some of his nonsense messages at the most inappropriate of times!”
“Like everyone, I was inspired with the way that Doddie dealt with MND, and also the drive and enthusiasm he put behind raising money to help fund research to find effective treatments. So, if we can raise some money this week to help his Foundation continue his legacy, then that is something I will be very proud of.”
Paul Thompson, director of fundraising at My Name’5 Doddie Foundation said: “We are very grateful to Bob and Arnold Clark for their generous support this week. Doddie was a great fan of Bob, and we will all be cheering him on at the US PGA. Every pound raised goes towards vital research to help find meaningful treatments and, we hope, one day a cure for this devastating disease.
“We wish Bob every success in the event and are so proud to be involved with him this week.”
Iain Stoddart, Bob’s Manager, and also a good friend of Doddie said: “I’m not sure how many people were aware, but Doddie really took an interest in golf and was very supportive of all of our guys. He loved watching Bob and Stevie (Gallacher) play, and you could always rely upon him to send some hilarious or mischievous messages even though we all knew he was fighting the most horrible of illnesses.”
“Stevie & Doddie collaborated on many fund-raising initiatives through their respective Foundations, and I am delighted that now Bob also has a desire to get involved and contribute in the fight to find a cure for MND.”
Whilst Bob and Arnold Clark will be donating £500 for every birdie and £1000 for every eagle, fans will also be able to support the initiative by donating £5 or £10 per birdie & eagle respectively or by making a one-off donation via a link on Bob’s social media channels.
Bob said: “It’s a tough course, but I’ll be trying my best to roll in as many birdies as I can this week, and I would love it if everyone could dig deep with whatever they can afford.”