Abingdon golfer Eddie Pepperell had to settle for a tied-44th place finish at the NBO Oman Open – despite striking 15 birdies.
The Frilford Heath member also dropped shots on 11 holes – including three double bogeys – to finish one-under par on 287 following three rounds of 71 and a 74 to earn just over €7,000 in prize money.
Pepperell shot rounds of 71 to make the halfway cut in the inaugural tournament, with his Friday showing much steadier than the opening day.
A damaging third round, which consisted of a double-bogey seven at the 16th hole, meant he slipped 16 places to 49th with 18 holes to go.
Following a par front-nine on the final day, the 27-year-old looked like breaking 70 for the first time in the tournament, before dropping shots at both the 15th and 16th holes to finish with his third 71.
So a tied-44th place finish it was for Pepperell who survived the full tournament for the first time this year.
Dutchman Joost Luiten won the competition after carding a final round of 68 to finish on a 16-under-par 272. He finished two shots ahead of Englishman and closest rival Chris Wood.
Pepperell tees off from the 10th tee at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters today (Thursday) at 7am local time, 4am GMT. The tournament is the final one of the Middle Eastern leg of the European Tour.