Oban golfer Bob shines in Californian sun

Oban golfer Bob MacIntyre.

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Oban golfer Bob MacIntyre’s first venture across the Atlantic this season saw him finish in a respectable tie for 15th place at the Genesis Invitational tournament, played at the Riviera Golf Club in Pacific Palisades, California.

With 16 top 20 world-ranking players in the field, the honorary Machrihanish Golf Club member was going head-to-head with the one of the strongest fields assembled outside a major championship.

Having shown significant signs of a return to form in his previous two tournaments in the United Arab Emirates, this was a chance for the left hander to build on his progress and climb back towards the top 50 in the world rankings.

An opening level par 71 on Thursday left Bob in the middle of the pack after day one. He followed that with a sparkling 67 on Friday to comfortably make the cut and leave himself in contention for a high finish going into the weekend.

Unfortunately for Bob and the rest of the field, the eventual winner, Chile’s Joaquinn Niemann, opened with successive 63s to effectively take victory out of the equation for the rest of the field.

Saturday saw Bob card his second successive 67, leaving him in a tie for 12th place going into Sunday’s final round at eight under par.

His reward for his excellent golf over the first three days was to be paired with golfing superstar Rory McIlroy.

Unfortunately for Robert, he could not hole his birdie putts and his closing 71 left him tied 15th.

After playing five tournaments in a row, Bob will now take a break from tournament golf before resuming his quest to climb up the world rankings later in March.