Bob’s brilliant finish secures first major victory

Robert MacIntyre poses with the trophy after winning the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown at Aphrodite Hills Resort on November 08. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images.

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Argyll’s Bob MacIntyre capped a brilliant fortnight’s golf on the European Tour by securing the first victory of his short career in the Cyprus Challenge at the stunning Aphrodite Hills resort.

Following last week’s third place finish on the same course, the Oban star went into the tournament as one of the favourites and after an opening round of 65, it was easy to see why.

However, the best was yet to come and after comfortably qualifying for Sunday with rounds of 68 and 67 his final day winning score of 64 was simply sensational. After almost aceing the par 3 17th hole Bob knew he had to make birdie on the 18th to win the tournament.

Speaking after his round the Oban left-hander revealed that standing on the 18th tee he remembered his dad Dougie’s advice to ‘tee it high and let it fly’ and that is exactly what he did, launching a 345-yard monster straight down the centre of the fairway leaving himself a relatively comfortable 9-iron approach over the water to the green.

With all of the region cheering him on in front of their television screens he hit a majestic approach shot to 20 feet, rolled the putt up close and tapped in for a winning birdie 4 to complete a back 9 of 30 which will live long in the memory of those who witnessed it.

Speaking immediately afterward Bob’s reaction was typically down to earth, ‘I cannae believe it. It is unbelievable. It’s what I’ve dreamed of as a wee kid watching Scottish Opens at Loch Lomond,’ he declared to Sky Sports reporter Tim Barter.

Speaking on Monday MacIntyre said that he was elated to get his first European Tour win, after coming so close last year.

‘This has been a stop-start season, which has made it difficult for all the players, but I’ve still managed to keep a good level of consistency, and over the past couple of events I felt my game was in great shape.

‘After finishing in a tie for third place at last week’s Cyprus Open, then I knew I had a chance, as the event was being played over the same course, albeit with a different format.

‘My game was solid all week, and I was pleased with the way I was able to close it out on Sunday.

‘There are just a handful of events left on this year’s Race to Dubai, but I feel confident heading into these events, and I’m looking forward to the end of season DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.’

Following his exploits in Cyprus the bare statistics show Bob has jumped to 62nd in the world rankings and 24th in The Race to Dubai standings.