Eddie Pepperell heads into the PGA Championship later this month in confident mood after finishing tied 14th at the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily.
The Abingdon golfer carded a fantastic five-under par final round to finish eight-under in Verdura.
The Frilford Heath member got off to an inauspicious start with a one-over par 72 in the first round.
Pepperell improved over the following couple of days to score successive rounds of two-under par and lift him to 28th place.
And the 27-year-old flew further up the leaderboard following his memorable final day.
It did not start well for Pepperell, dropping a shot at the par-five second, but he was only heading in one direction afterwards.
Birdies at the third, fourth, eighth and ninth followed as he moved to six-under. He picked up further shots at the 10th and 12th on his way to one of the lowest rounds of the day and his second top-20 finish of the year.
Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren edged victory after beating Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera in a play-off.
Pepperell is not in action at this week’s Belgian Knockout in Antwerp but his impressive latest performance in Sicily is timely ahead of the esteemed PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 24.