Bob hoping to kick up a storm in the desert

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Oban’s Robert MacIntyre tees it up today (Thursday) at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in the United Arab Emirates, after his plans to play in South Africa before Christmas were scuppered by Covid.

The event is the first in a four tournament ‘Desert Swing’ that also takes in Dubai and Qatar and is the European Tour’s first full tournament since it rebranded as the DP World Tour and forged closer ties with the USPGA tour.

The world’s number 58 will be hoping to build on his 16th place in this tournament last year and get his season off to a good start.

The Abu Dhabi Championship is the first of two consecutive Rolex Series events with this tournament and next week’s Dubai Desert Classic carrying huge world ranking points and $8m prize pots.

Bob will return to competitive golf full of confidence after finishing last season with a fourth place in the DP World Tour finals in Dubai.

There is something about the desert sun the brings out the best in the left-hander, with consecutive top ten finishes in his last two appearances at the Dubai Desert Classic among the best results of his career.

After the disappointment of the heavy defeat at last year’s Ryder Cup, 2022 feels like a transitional period for European golf, with the door wide open for fresh young talent to emerge as serious contenders on the world stage and a good start this season could see Robert MacIntyre lead the way.