Third place finish sends Bob into world Top 50

Robert MacIntyre hits his tee-shot on the 1st hole during Day Three of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 30, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images).

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A third place finish in the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday has landed golf ace Bob MacIntyre a place inside the world’s top 50 for the first time in his career.

Starting the day just one shot behind England’s Paul Casey, Bob had his eyes set on a second European Tour victory.

However, it was not to be as, in relatively windy conditions, an impressive Casey shot a two under par final round to win by four shots over South African Brandon Stone. Bob closed with a two over par 74 to secure his third spot.

‘I just have to keep giving myself chances,’ Bob said afterwards.

‘Like today, if I keep giving myself these chances, I’m going to bundle over the line again at some point.’

The result moved Bob into seventh place in the Race to Dubai but, more significantly, it catapulted him from 52nd to 44th in the world rankings table. This gives him the chance to compete in the upcoming WGC events and potentially The Masters at the start of April.

He also became the world’s top-ranked left-hander when the Official World Golf Ranking was updated on Monday morning, moving past two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (48) and overtaking Tiger Woods (46) for the first time in his career.

This week sees the final leg of the Desert Swing, as the tour moves on to the Saudi International at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club from February 4 to February 7.