It's been three and easy for Chris Robb on the domestic scene over the past month.
Now he's looking to be to be at the forefront again with a fourth straight victory.
The numbers have been adding up for the Meldrum House man of late and a fine 4 and 3 victory over Graeme Robertson in the 36-hole final of the Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship at Downfield on Saturday gave him another sizeable success. Since returning to his homeland from University in Tennessee this summer, Robb has racked up successive strokeplay victories in the East of Scotland Open and the Cameron Corbett Vase before turning his hand to the matchplay format and conquering in the domestic showpiece in Dundee at the weekend.
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Next up for the 23-year-old is this week's European Amateur Championship at the Duke's course on the outskirts of St Andrews. The roll of honour for that event includes the likes of Sergio Garcia, Stephen Gallacher, Victor Dubuisson and Rory McIlroy. If joining a fairly stellar list of champions is not incentive enough, then an invitation to next year's Open Championship at St Andrews for the winner will give the 72-hole championship even more allure. There is plenty to play for and Robb is reveling in this rich seam of form he continues to mine.
"Four in a row? Now that would be nice, particularly with what is at stake this week," said the former Scotland boys' cap who will be called up to the full national squad for the forthcoming Home Internationals at Southerndown.
"I'd like to think that my victory will get me into the team. It will be my debut for the men's Scotland team and that has always been a target. I was a regular in the under-18s set up but it's taken me a while to make my mark at a senior level. Once you get once good result, you just get going and I'm enjoying this ride."
In the City of Discovery last week, Robb finally discovered a way to master the matchplay format, a type of golf which he had admitted did not always suit him.
Robertson, the Scotland cap from Glenbervie, provided spirited resistance but, in a nip and tuck contest, his challenge faltered in the afternoon's second round just as it looked like he was mounting a robust recovery. Three down after a Robb birdie blitz at the 24th, 25th and 26th, Robertson got himself back to within a hole through the 28th but his advances came shuddering to a halt on the 29th when his bold, but wayward approach to the par 5 proved costly. It plunged into a tangle of sodden rough and, while Robb adopted the cautious three-shot approach on his way to a straightforward par, Robertson's eventual six saw him fall two holes behind again.
When Robb then holed a neatly conjured chip from off the green on the next hole for a birdie-two, the pendulum had swung back fully in his favour and the biggest title of his career would be his.