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Oban golfer Robert MacIntyre started his 2018 campaign on the Challenge Tour with a top 10 finish in the Belt and Road Colourful Yunnan Open in China on Sunday.
The 21-year-old shot rounds of 70, 69, 68 and 69 at Kunming Yulongwan Golf Club for an eight-under-par total to claim a share of seventh spot behind Finland’s Kim Koivu.
‘I played really well tee to green, which is very positive as I was struggling late last year with my long game and to see the work starting to pay off is great news,’ said Robert.
The former Scottish amateur champion was forced to delay his start to the new campaign when he missed the opening event of the Challenge Tour season, the Barclays Kenya Open, due to illness.
His last competitive outing before the tournament in China was the Joburg Open in the middle of December.
‘I am a little disappointed not to finish higher but, after so long without competitive golf, I am taking lots of positives from the week,’ added the left-hander from Oban.