Bob MacIntyre feeling ‘comfortable’ heading into just his second WGC

Bob MacIntyre may be making his debut in Central America but the Scottish No 1 is feeling “comfortable” about teeing up in this week’s WGC-Mexico Championship.

Bob enjoyed his first taste of WGC action in the HSBC Champions towards the end of last year and is aiming to take up where he left off in Shanghai.

“You’ve got to believe you are one of them,” said Bob of lining up in a field that includes world No 1 Rory McIlroy, third-ranked Jon Rahm and defending champion Dustin Johnson.

“In Shanghai, I played with Kevin Kisner and Billy Horschel in the opening two rounds and I felt comfortable. I started with a double-bogey, but after that I played well the whole week.

“In these big events, it’s about meeting the guys more than anything so you can say ‘hello’ to them and don’t feel alone in the locker-room and don’t belong here.

“I’m starting to feel I do belong and that’s how you need to feel to give yourself the best opportunity to be competitive.”Bob, last season’s European Tour Rookie of the Year, is the sole Scot in the $10.5 million event at Club de Golf Chapultepec, which is located in Naucalpan, just outside Mexico City, and sits 7,800 feet above sea level.

“I can’t wait to get back out and compete,” added Bob, who is making his first appearance since the Saudi International on the European Tour three weeks ago. “That’s what I am always striving for, whether it is in a bounce game with my pals or whatever.

“I think this is one of highest courses in the world. I believe it’s way higher than Crans sur Sierre in Switzerland, where we play the Omega European Masters. I’ve been told that sometimes the ball can go 20 per cent further than normal here.

“I know a few ways to try and combat that. We did it well in Sun City, for example, in the final two rounds of the Nedbank Challenge in November, when a change of plan seemed to work.

“I will be trying to implement that plan from the word go in Mexico and hopefully we can get a result.”

Bob, who is still in with a chance of breaking into the world’s top 50 in time to secure a Masters debut in early April, is eager to make up for lost time after seeing the start to his 2020 campaign delayed as he rested a hand injury.

“I want to play more,” he said. “I spoke to Stoddy about it, so I will take the week off after Mexico as it would be a hell of a journey to get from there to Oman and feel properly prepared.

“But I will be playing in Qatar the week after next and I am contemplating going to Kenya as well.”

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