Bob MacIntyre and Grant Forrest shine on Omega Dubai Desert Classic debuts

Bob MacIntyre and Grant Forrest both finished in the top 20 on their debuts in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.

It was a good week for the Bounce Sport stablemates as they played in all four rounds on a toughened up Majlis Course in the second leg of the European Tour’s Desert Swing.

Bob, who was making his first appearance of the new season, followed an opening 74 with rounds of 70-67-72 to finish joint-eighth on five-under-par.

It was the 23-year-old’s eighth top-10 finish on the circuit, lifting him two spots to 65th in the world rankings as he bids to break into the top 50 by the end of March to secure his Masters debut.

“For my first week out, it’s been a heck of a week,” said last season’s Rookie of the Year. “I was just trying to make the cut and that was my goal, so to finish top 10 is a real plus.

“I am going to pick up a few more places on the world rankings, which is good, but I am still a long way off from The Masters.

“However, I have some good events coming up and I just need to work hard on the game. After an eight-week break, I am starting to see shots and feel shots.”Grant was equally pleased with his performance in the $3.5 million event, finishing two shots behind his compatriot in a tie for 16th with scores of 73-68-69-75.

The effort maintained a strong start to the new campaign by the 26-year-old, who tied for fourth in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in December.

“Tee to green there have been some great signs and it is the most comfortable I have felt about my long game,” said Grant, who sits 28th in the Race to Dubai.

“I’m happy about that and hopefully by staying patient something good will come my way before too long.”

Next up for Grant and Bob is this week’s Saudi International powered by Softbank Investments Advisers, with two other Bounce Sport players, Stephen Gallacher and Calum Hill, also in the field at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.

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