Abingdon golfer Eddie Pepperell’s fine run of form came to a crashing end when he missed the cut at the British Masters.
The Frilford Heath member, in confident mood after recording top-five finishes in his previous three tournaments, made a steady start at Close House, Newcastle.
He was well in the hunt after carding a first round of one-under par on Thursday.
But Pepperell blew his chances of another successful tournament with a disastrous four-over par second round, causing him to miss out on the weekend by five shots.
Three dropped shots in the first six holes fluffed the 26-year-old’s chances of a four-day tournament.
The world 204 recovered a shot on the 17th hole (having started on the 10th) but dropped further shots on 18 and four, meaning he finished on three-over par and tied 107th, his lowest finish since July.
Paul Dunne put in an impressive nine-under par final day performance to claim the title with a score of 20-under par, three shots ahead of nearest challenger Rory McIlroy.
Pepperell tweeted on Saturday: “Ahh shoot. One week too far. A weekend off probably a good thing. One of my favourite events next week to look forward to.”
He tees off at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews today (Thursday).