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Oban’s Robert MacIntyre’s hopes of securing a coveted Ryder Cup place at the end of the month rest on his performance at this week’s final qualifying tournament, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in Surrey.
Sitting just outside the automatic qualifying spots, Bob knows that a win will almost certainly guarantee him a spot on the team, while a strong finish is also needed to catch the eye of Captain Padraig Harrington and convince him that the Oban left-hander is worthy of one of his three picks.
The reality is that a Captain’s pick remains a long-shot, with Ryder Cup legends, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter all sitting outside the automatic qualifying positions – and arguably in better current form than Bob – it is much more likely that they will get the seal of approval from Harrington.
While there will no doubt be other chances for Bob to make the team in years to come, his entire focus is on securing the win at Wentworth and forcing his way into this year’s team. The man himself remains upbeat and confident saying: ‘The Ryder Cup is not over. The dream’s still there. I’ve got one event. There are guys who’ve played these last few weeks in Europe and are playing well but I can pass them all in one big finish at Wentworth and that’s the target.’
The stakes couldn’t be higher, but after everything Bob has achieved in his fledgling career, no one would back against him achieving his dream.