MacIntyre Looks For Italian Job Victory After Posting Career Low 64.

Brilliant Bob MacIntyre is ready to pull off an Italian Job victory after a blistering career low 64 on day three of the Italian Open in Rome.

MacIntyre, 24 didn’t drop a shot in grabbing seven birdies, including five over his closing nine holes, and storm his way to the then clubhouse lead at 11-under par in his maiden  showing in the 76th hosting of the event on the Olgiata course.

And the Oban lefty could have easily signed for a 63 had his 30-footer birdie putt at the last not lipped out.

England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied three of his closing four holes in a round of 68 to move atop of the board at 13-under par and one clear of American Kirk Kitiyama, who signed for a 65 and with MacIntyre officially ending the round in third place.

MacIntyre, and currently riding high in 12th on the Race to Dubai, has already three ‘bridesmaid’ roles in his rookie season and heads into day four of a 26th event this year looking to finally break the winner’s tape.

MacIntyre said:  “I seem to be getting myself in positions but just let them fall away but then Greg (Milne – caddy) and myself have been talking about staying in the present, and just do what we do.

“Today we did that and we’ve managed to get a good result.

“The thing is that when I get too aggressive it actually affects to me, so it’s about playing to my strengths.

“This course kind of suits the driver, so I am just going at it this week and it seems to be working while it’s good to see the putts going in but there is still a bit of work to do yet.”

MacIntyre is currently ranked 99th in the world and that’s a massive jump of exactly 400 places after sharing fourth in the Irish Challenge on the secondary Challenge Tour.

He’s already guaranteed a place in next year’s Open Championship at Royal St. George’s but the quietly-spoken Scot is targeting an event next April in Augusta, Georgia.

MacIntyre said:  “My goal now is to get my mind off trying to win as it’s about trying to secure as many World Ranking points really as I can, and try and end the season as high up as possible.

“Everyone knows why you want to end the season high.

“So, the win is irrelevant of what I’m trying to achieve and I have just got to go out and play my game, and if the win comes we will sure celebrate it.”



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