Home is where the heart is for golf ace Robert

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Oban golfer Bob MacIntyre is heading into what is arguably the biggest two weeks in his professional career.

Today (Thursday July 11) the Glencruitten left-hander competes the 148th Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick.

And, on July 18, Bob will swing into action at the Dunluce Links Course in Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, to compete against some of the world’s best golfers in the Open Championship.

Last week the Glencruitten golfer played in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and finished on -3 for joint 41st place with rounds of 66, 69, 72 and 70.

In May MacIntyre was joint runner-up in the 2019 Betfred British Masters, helped by an eagle-birdie finish and two weeks later he was runner-up in the Made in Denmark tournament, a stroke behind Bernd Wiesberger.

Qualifying for the British Open in his debut season on the European Tour, has lifted the spirits of the 22-year-old, who is viewing the Scottish Open at North Berwick with just as much excitement.

‘It won’t sink in until I’m on the course and seeing guys like Tiger (Woods) and Phil (Mickleson),’ he said of the British.

‘I didn’t really expect it from the way I had been playing. It was a case of making cuts and going backwards, making cuts and going backwards.

‘I always believed, however, that once I got going and that the momentum was with me that I could go anywhere in the game. Hopefully I can go to that place over the next month.

‘Playing on home ground in front of a home crowd in the Scottish Open is going to be massive.’

If you fancy a flutter, William Hill has given MacIntyre an 80/1 chance of winning the Scottish Open and 100/1 to win the Open Championship.