Rollercoaster ride in Dubai for Bob

Bob MacIntyre.

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Robert MacIntyre saw his world ranking move up to a career high of 59 after finishing tied 19th at the weekend in the Dubai Championship.

However, there is no doubt that the Oban star will look back on his final position with a touch of regret after his sensational golf over the first three days put him on course for a much higher finish.

Opening rounds of 66 and 68 saw Bob nicely positioned in the chasing pack going into day three, and for just over two hours it looked like the left hander was going to rewrite the record books as he went to the turn in an astonishing 29 shots.

Five birdies and an eagle in his first seven holes saw Bob romp through the field and for a fleeting moment the prospect of only the second sub-60 round ever recorded on the European Tour seemed real.

But a double bogey on the 11th hole stalled momentum and brought an end to Bob’s hot streak. He would eventually sign for a rollercoaster 66.

A closing level par 72 meant Bob’s final total of 16 under par left him nine shots adrift of Frenchman Antoine Rozner, who recorded his maiden tour victory with a closing-day 64.

The tour remains in Dubai this week for the Race to Dubai finale, the DP World Tour Championship.

With an $8million prize fund and huge world ranking points up for grabs, the tournament is Bob’s final chance this season to break into the world’s top 50 and secure a place in April’s US Masters.