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What a round from Lowry yesterday! Would be quite something if there's an Irish winner. Hopefully he doesn't suffer a repeat of the 2016 US Open...

 

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Have to highlight young Bob McIntyre's first full season on tour. Absolutely exceptional - if he was English Sky Sports would be shooting a load over him. 

€1.3million in prize money, 11th on the Race to Dubai money list, top ten in the open, three 2nd places. Best debut season by a Scottish golfer in a very long time.

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2 hours ago, biffer said:

Have to highlight young Bob McIntyre's first full season on tour. Absolutely exceptional - if he was English Sky Sports would be shooting a load over him. 

€1.3million in prize money, 11th on the Race to Dubai money list, top ten in the open, three 2nd places. Best debut season by a Scottish golfer in a very long time.

Great shout. If he keeps his form up next season and grabs that elusive first win - which he could of course still manage this year - he'll be in the hunt for a Ryder Cup place too.

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Watch out for Callum Hill next year. He is currently leading the Challenge tour. Hopefully Connor Syme can hold on to a top 15 slot so he can have another go at the big tour next year again.

Add in David Law and we have a decent crop of Scottish golfers trying to make their mark.

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22 hours ago, Orraloon said:

Watch out for Callum Hill next year. He is currently leading the Challenge tour. Hopefully Connor Syme can hold on to a top 15 slot so he can have another go at the big tour next year again.

Add in David Law and we have a decent crop of Scottish golfers trying to make their mark.

Here's hoping, but there are a myriad of young guys who've gone from amateur ranks to pro in the last twenty years that we've had high hopes for who've then crashed and not achieved what we thought they were capable of. The conversion rate for top amateurs to good pros in Scotland has been shockingly bad, and I've never seen anyone really explain why.

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40 minutes ago, biffer said:

Here's hoping, but there are a myriad of young guys who've gone from amateur ranks to pro in the last twenty years that we've had high hopes for who've then crashed and not achieved what we thought they were capable of. The conversion rate for top amateurs to good pros in Scotland has been shockingly bad, and I've never seen anyone really explain why.

Very fine margins when they get to that level. 

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The Grand final of the Challenge Tour is now underway. Three young Scottish lads trying to get their tour card through this route. Callum Hill will make it no bother. He is currently number one on the Challenge tour but he will be keen to stay top at the end of the week. 

Connor Syme is battling to hold onto his place in the top 15 to get his tour card back. He was number 12 before play started today but after his first round of two over his projected ranking is down to 14. Could be close and this will be a good test of his character.

Ewan Ferguson was ranked 23 at the start but now has a projected ranking of 18 after today's par round. He will need to move up this weeks leaderboard a bit to get into the top 15 for the season. It could be him and Connor Syme battling it out for that last tour card place come Sunday? Hopefully both of them can make it into the top 15.

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Syme made it in 14th place and Hill finished in 2nd for the year. Unfortunately Ferguson didn't do enough.

Bob MacIntyre was knocking on the door again on the main tour but didn't quite get it going on the final day. He looks perfectly at home at these bigger events though, which bodes well for the future.

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1 hour ago, wee-toon-red said:

Syme made it in 14th place and Hill finished in 2nd for the year. Unfortunately Ferguson didn't do enough.

Bob MacIntyre was knocking on the door again on the main tour but didn't quite get it going on the final day. He looks perfectly at home at these bigger events though, which bodes well for the future.

Victor Perez doing well with cool half million at the weekend and sitting at 9th on the tour. Not Scottish but he spends most of his time here when he's not on tour. I'm sure he could get a Scottish passport after independence if he asked nicely.

 

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