British Masters: Oban golfer finishes in second place tie

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Oban golfer Robert MacIntyre has finished in tie second place at the British Masters.

The 22-year-old, who only turned professional in 2017, will bring home about £200,000 in prize money.

He lost out in Southport to Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult who holed  a 15ft putt on the last hole to pip MacIntyre by one shot to the British Masters title.

MacIntyre finished in tie for second place on 15 under par with Matt Wallace and Eddie Pepperell.

Willie McAdam, a former captain at Oban’s Glencruitten Golf Club where MacIntyre is an honorary member, said: ‘I think it’s just wonderful and it’s good for Oban. People will be celebrating all over town. He’s a nice, well-mannered and well-rounded young man. We are all delighted for him.’

Asked if the golf club would be throwing a hero’s party on MacIntyre’s homecoming, Mr McAdam said: ‘I think he’ll be wanting to put his feet up – and he deserves it. What an incredible achievement!’

Glencruitten Golf Club secretary David Finlayson said MacIntyre’s great talent was spotted early on by members.

He said: ‘He started from quite an early age, we called him Wee Bob. Members knew he had talent and great potential and this week he fulfilled that potential. He has a  long career ahead of him and will go down in Oban’s sporting history. It was a good day for the town.’

Mr Finlayson also credited MacIntyre’s father Dugie who is the club’s greenkeeper and son’s mentor.