Solid performance tees Bob up nicely for The Open

Bob MacIntyre in action at the Scottish Open. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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Four sub-70 rounds secured a top-20 finish for Oban’s Robert MacIntyre at the ABRDN Scottish Open at the weekend.

Bob’s return to his homeland after a period of close contact isolation forced him to miss the Irish Open, showed positive signs and had his putter been a little less cold, he would have been a serious contender.

Instead he had to settle for a tie for 18th place, a good performance in a strong field containing five of the world’s top ten golfers.

In uncharacteristically benign conditions for most of the week, the tournament, at the Renaissance Golf Club in North Berwick, was won after a play-off by 22-year-old Australian Min Woo Lee.

All eyes now turn to the fourth and final major of the year, the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s in Kent, starting this Thursday, July 15.

It seems like a long time ago since Bob announced himself on the world stage with a brilliant sixth-place finish the last time the Open was played.

His Scottish Open performance will give him confidence his game is in good enough shape to contend once again.