Bob MacIntyre set for final push at end of memorable European Tour rookie season

It’s already been a rookie season to remember for a variety of reasons, as reflected in my lofty position in the Race to Dubai and also the world rankings as the highest-placed Scottish player.

But, over the next few weeks, I am really looking forward to the opportunity to try and top things off by maintaining my good form in four really big events at the end of the European Tour campaign.

That exciting run starts with a World Golf Championship debut in the HSBC Champions in China this week before I then tee up in three Rolex Series tournaments – the Turkish Airlines Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player in South Africa and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

What a schedule and, to be honest, I didn’t really expect to be in this position heading into the final few weeks of the season. My goal at the start of the season was to keep my card somehow but, as I have discovered, things can move fast in this game and I will certainly be aiming to enjoy this exciting end to the campaign.

My game has been good all year. I’ve actually been disappointed with some results but, overall, I’m over the moon with how things have gone and where I am sitting in the Race to Dubai, having climbed to seventh on the back of another strong performance in the Italian Open.

That effort lifted me above Russell Knox in the world rankings and obviously it is a good thing to be sitting as the Scottish No1, but, for me, it is just about me playing golf. I don’t get too caught up in things like that.

Yes, it is nice to achieve that milestone, but the main thing is that I try and keep moving up the world rankings – and I don’t see why not.

The ultimate goal for the rest of the year is to try and get into the world’s top 50 before Christmas as that would take care of everything for next year.

It is my first time playing a WGC and also the first time playing the final few events in the Race to Dubai. If I can go into these next few weeks and throw in some good performances, I don’t see why I can’t achieve that ultimate goal.

But it’s just about trying to finish as high up the Race to Dubai as I can and pick up as many world ranking points as I can.

I feel like I have been free-wheeling since finishing second to Bernd Wiesberger in the Made in Denmark event in May and securing my┬ácard. I feel that since then I’ve had an attitude where I’ve been able to just tee it up and smash it. There’s not really been a worry.

People obviously have expectations about me now, but I don’t really worry about that. I just go and play golf. If it’s good, then great, but, if not, I will just have to go away and work on something.

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