More positive signs for Bob in Southport

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Bob MacIntyre’s gradual return to form continued at the weekend with a top 20 finish in the Cazoo Classic in Southport.

The result, following on from his good showing at the British Open the previous week, means the Oban man is once again back inside the world’s top 100.

In blustery conditions on Thursday, Bob got off to a shaky start and a one over par 73 meant he risked flirting with the cut line once again. However, a fine 69 on Friday saw him qualify for the weekend with a couple of shots to spare.

With the pressure off on Saturday, the left-hander launched a birdie blitz on the tricky links course and a brilliant 66 saw him catapulted up the leaderboard to within four shots of the lead going into the final round.

Teeing it up in mid-afternoon on Sunday, the Oban star knew a repeat of the previous day’s score would be needed to put pressure on the leaders.

Unfortunately, he never got going in the breezy conditions and eventually signed for a one over par 73 which left him in a tie for 20th place.

Although disappointed with his final day, Bob will have been delighted to see the tournament won by fellow Scot Richie Ramsay who secured his first tour victory in more than seven years.