Bob rounds off a solid start to the season in Saudi

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Oban’s Bob MacIntyre completed the third leg of golf’s desert swing with a solid performance at the Saudi International at the weekend.

Up against the strongest field of the year so far, including world number one and eventual winner Dustin Johnston, Bob finished in a tie for 29th to consolidate his position inside the world’s top 50.

The Oban star can count himself a bit unlucky that he found himself on the wrong side of the draw on Thursday and Friday which meant he had to contend with the toughest of conditions both days.

Despite that, he battled hard to make the cut, with an impressive 68 on day two and a scintillating 65 on Saturday giving himself a realistic chance of another high finish. His final day 71 wasn’t enough to move him up the leaderboard but still rounded off an impressive opening trio of performances in the Middle East to kick-off the season.

His focus now shifts across the Atlantic to the WGC Mexico which, despite its name, is being played in Florida due to coronavirus concerns. With an elite field comprising the top 50 players in the world, there are plenty world ranking points up for grabs as well as a $10.5million prize fund.

With that tournament not starting until February 25, Bob’s management team will no doubt also be hoping to secure a spot in the Genesis Invitational in California the week before.