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Oban golfer Robert MacIntyre has secured a place in the $7,000,000 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship which started yesterday (Wednesday).
Robert said: ‘My first European Tour adventure is certainly living up to expectations.
‘After getting an exciting taste of what it’s like to play on the top circuit by teeing up in four events before the festive break, I’m off on my travels again – and can’t wait to get going once more.
‘Along with my Bounce Sport stablemates and fellow Challenge Tour graduates Grant Forrest and Liam Johnston, I’m delighted to be taking part in the Rolex Series Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
‘For the first time, it’s a Rolex Series event and the field at Abu Dhabi Golf Club is being headed by the likes of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood and Henrik Stenson.
‘Playing in those four events at the end of last year has given me a bit of a headstart, especially after making the cut in the Honma Hong Kong Open then finishing jointn15th in both the South African Open and the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
‘Hopefully, I can perform well in Abu Dhabi, too, as that would really set me up for the rest of the season. Everyone is going to be a bit ring rusty so, if there’s ever a week to play well, it would be probably be this week.
‘I’ve always believed in myself, as have the team around me. It’s just about seeing the results and the belief that I’ve got from three of my first four events is huge. In each of them, I could quite easily have been top five with the position I was in going into the last round.
‘I always said that I wouldn’t realise what I achieved by earning a European Tour card until I got paired with a big name and to have Ernie Els as a playing partner in three rounds and also play with Charl Schwartzel in one of those in South Africa was really special.
‘It was good, of course, to spend some time at home over Christmas and New Year and I just chilled out with the majority of the family. Hogmanay was a tame one, just spending it in the house with my mum and dad – but we can still have a party if we win tournaments!
‘As I head out at the start of my 2019 campaign, it’s about continuing to do what I did at end of last year. It’s going to be good and hopefully I can get going by posting some good scores in Abu Dhabi.’
Robert’s fantastic 40-foot putt he holed in the Foshan Open is a candidate for the Challenge Tour Shot of the Year 2018.