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Robert MacIntyre has been forced to withdraw from this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The reigning European Tour ‘Rookie of the Year’, who has been nursing a hand injury, announced the news on Twitter.

“Really disappointed to have to pull out of this week’s @ADGolfChamps but I need another week to get myself back to full fitness before launching my 2020 @EuropeanTour campaign,” said the Glencruitten man. “This is a great event, so it’s frustrating to miss out this year.”

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It’s understood that the injury is not too serious and he is expected to be fit enough to take his place in the field for next week’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic.


MacIntyre hasn’t played competitively since the DP World Tour Championship at the end of November, where he wrapped up the ‘Rookie of the Year’ honours.

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Currently 65th on the Official World Golf Ranking, being forced to sit out on Abu Dhabi is a blow to his hopes of cracking the top-50 by the end of March, which would earn him an invitation to play in the Masters for the first time.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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