Better days on the horizon for Bob

Bob MacIntyre.

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There were positive signs for Robert MacIntyre after he finished tied 13th at the Horizon Irish Open at the weekend.

After the disappointment of missing the cut in his last two DP World Tour events, the Oban man produced his best finish since his ninth place in the Ras al Khaimah Classic in February.

With a run of tournaments coming up in July, it was a welcome return to form at the perfect time.

Bob got off to a great start on Thursday when a solid four under par 68 left him within touching distance of the lead.

There were a few nervous moments on Friday when the left hander produced a scrappy round of 73 which had his followers nervously watching the cut line hoping he had done enough to make the weekend. His -3 total got him through by a shot.

With the burden of making the cut lifted, Bob produced a fine 67 on Saturday to move up the leader board going into day four.

Although he was too far adrift of the leaders to have a realistic chance of competing for the title, a final round 69 rounded off a satisfying four days.

The tournament was eventually won by Adrian Meronk of Poland with his maiden tour victory.

While his performance on the Emerald Isle wasn’t quite enough to stop Bob falling just out of the world’s top 100, the fact he found himself competing at the top end of the leader board once again will give him renewed confidence as he returns to Scotland to take part in the Scottish Open starting on Thursday July 7 at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian.

Four competitive rounds there would be the ideal preparation for the Open Championship at St Andrews the following week.