Irish eyes smile on rookie Robert

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Oban golfer Bob MacIntyre will make his Major debut in next month’s 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

Bob clinched his spot in the season’s final Major as one of the top five players in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai rankings after last week’s BMW International Open in Munich.

The left-hander sits 15th in the standings after making 14 cuts in 16 starts since stepping up from the Challenge Tour and recording back-to-back second-place finishes in the Betfred British Masters and the Made in Denmark.

‘It’s unbelievable,’ said Bob of booking his dream date on the Antrim Coast from July 18 to 21.

‘I thought the chance of getting into The Open or a Major might never come around again after losing the final of the 2016 Amateur Championship, but I have achieved it.’

Bob is looking forward to honing his links game ahead of the Claret Jug event when he tees up in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch, July 4 to 7, then the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, from July 11 to 14.