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Oban is bursting with pride this morning after Robert ‘Bob’ Macintyre was crowned the 2019 European Tour Rookie of the Year.
The Glencruitten golfer battled his way into the top 15 in the last event of the season, the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, to clinch the accolade.
In his first season on the European Tour, Bob has played 30 events, making 25 cuts, with seven top 10 finishes.
He is currently sitting in the top 70 in the golf world rankings and 11th in the Race to Dubai.
Speaking on Sky Sports after winning Rookie of the Year, he said: ‘It feels great now that it is finally done and dusted. It is going to mean a lot to my family – more than anyone. I am just absolutely delighted to finally get over the line.
‘I did not expect a season like this for my first season. I’ve seen friends come on here and struggle a little bit and I did not think this would happen, but I knew my golf game was good enough, I just did not know if it was going to turn up.
‘This year is the best I have ever played and that is thanks to everyone in my team, especially David Burns who has coached me for the last three years.’
Asked about his ambitions now, the Glencruitten man said: ‘Top 50 in the world by April. That is the only goal now. With a good finish this year, I have opened doors for the early start of next year, which is huge.
‘We are going to keep shooting for the stars and see where we go.’
When asked if he had any plans to spend this year’s tournament earnings, the 23-year-old said he had been looking at a house, but added with a smile: ‘I don’t know. I have plenty years ahead of me before I have to start living on my own and I love my mum doing my washing.’
Writing to Bob online, photographer Kevin McGlynn said: ‘Well done Robert MacIntyre delighted for you and all your family. It’s been a pleasure to watch such a humble, level headed and decent boy get where he deserves to be – Rookie of the Year. Could be the top lefty in the world and the best prospect in Scottish golf take my hat off to you.’
He was not the only one to congratulate the 23-year-old.
Oban’s Declan Curran tweeted: ‘Congratulations Robert Macintyre on an outstanding first year on the European tour and the wins will start coming very soon.’
Congratulations Robert Macintyre on an outstanding first year on the European tour and the wins will start coming very soon!
— Declan Curran (@dcurran1974) November 24, 2019
If you want to know more about Bob, you can listen to The Oban Times’ BOBcast – an podcast covering all things Robert Macintyre. To listen, visit https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2019/11/14/bobcast-an-oban-times-podcast-episode-1/