MacIntyre rues missed chance in Dubai

Bob MacIntyre signed off from his US Masters debut by sinking a 13 foot putt for birdie. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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Bob MacIntyre brought the curtain down on a highly successful 2020 season with a five under par total at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

His total left him in a tie for 23rd spot in the tournament and the same position in the season ending Race to Dubai standings.

It also meant he just missed out on a guaranteed spot in April’s US Masters with his career high world ranking of 56 leaving him agonisingly short of the world’s top 50.

The final position however doesn’t tell the whole story.  The Oban star started the final day only one shot off the lead after a scintillating, bogey free 66 on Saturday left him within touching distance of the $3million first prize and an outside chance of winning the overall Race to Dubai.

Playing with major winner and global superstar Patrick Reed, Bob never recovered from an opening pair of bogeys that left him struggling. With only one birdie recorded on his final round he eventually signed for a 77, a round he himself described as ‘disastrous’.

While there is doubt that there will be a sense of what might have been, Bob can reflect on the season as a whole with immense satisfaction.

‘From where I was about eight weeks ago, we weren’t in a good place on the golf course,’ he said. ‘We weren’t in a good place mentally.

‘We sorted on the golf course, we sorted the mind and here we are at the final event. I didn’t think I would be here if I’m honest with you, after everything that’s gone on, but no, I’m delighted with the season.’

After an injury and Covid disrupted start to the year, to finish with a career high ranking and a maiden European Tour victory is a huge success by anyone’s standard.