Robert rues missed chance in Dubai

Bob MacIntyre can be proud of his 2020 achievements.

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Robert 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 doesn’t tell the whole story as 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.

With Bob continuing in the rich vein of form that started in early November, no-one would have bet against him finishing with a final flourish – however, it was not to be.

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.

He said after his round: ‘I mean, from where I was about eight weeks ago, we weren’t in a good place on the golf course. We weren’t in a good place mentally. We weren’t in a good place, just all over the place.

‘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.

Bob said after his round: ‘I’m delighted with the season. Obviously disappointed with today, but you get days like that.’

The whole of Oban can look forward to the 2021 season and the continuing rise of its very own Bob MacIntyre.