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Robert MacIntyre declared himself ‘pretty happy’ after he got his 2021 campaign off to a solid start at the weekend finishing in a tie for 16th in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Understandably after his long lay off over Christmas and New Year, there were initial signs of rust during his opening round and after finding himself three over for his first seven holes, Bob did exceptionally well to recover to post an even par 72.
Playing alongside Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington and fellow cup hopeful Victor Perez in his opening two rounds, the Oban star would have been hoping to make a good impression and force his way into contention for a wild card pick, should he fail to secure one of the automatic places.
Harrington was bound to be impressed not only by his opening day fightback, but also his second round score of 69 which saw him comfortably make the cut.
Closing rounds of 71 and 70 in tricky, blustery conditions saw him climb up the leader board each day and at one point a top 10 finish looked within sight, particularly after a strong start to his final round.
Unfortunately that momentum then stalled, but a tied 16th finish represents a decent start to the Oban golfer’s season.
The tournament was eventually won by world number five Tyrell Hatton.
Bob remains tantalisingly just outside the world’s top 50.
The tour now moves on to the second leg of the Desert Swing, with another star-studded field assembled for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic starting on Thursday before moving on to The Saudi International the following week.