Oban golfer Bob prepares for The Open

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Oban golfer Bob MacIntyre was determined not to be overawed when he fulfilled his ‘dream’ by playing at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club last week.

Bob’s playing partners in the first two rounds at North Berwick were two of the world’s top golfers – four-time major champion Rory McIlroy and 2015 Scottish Open winner Rickie Fowler.

Unfortunately, Bob, who had a big support down from Oban to cheer him on, narrowly failed to make the cut by just one stroke. The Glencruitten golfer carded a 68 in the first round and a 70 in the second for a four-under-par total of 138.

The 22-year-old recorded top 15 finishes in just his third and fourth European Tour appearances – at the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg and Alfred Dunhill Championship respectively – before coming even closer to a first title in May.

He finished tied for second at the Betfred British Masters before sealing a solo runner-up spot the following week at the Made in Denmark presented by FREJA to cap a stellar start to his rookie campaign.

Bob now heads for the biggest tournament of his short professional career – The Open Championship – which starts on Thursday at the Dunluce links course at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, where he will compete against some of the best golfers in the world. Bob starts his first round at 8.36am and is partnered by Kyle Stanley and Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston.