Having lost the last few tournaments in the penultimate rounds despite strong starts,Jeev Milkha Singh would have felt closer to his fourth European Tour title after being nine-under 208 and sharing the lead at The London Club in Kent on Saturday.
However,while joint leader Christian Cevaer of France kept his cool to pocket The European Open with a final score of seven-under 281 on Sunday,the Chandigarh golfer slipped and had to be satisfied with a score of five-under 283 to finish tied fifth.
I had a terrible front-nine today which meant I lost the lead in the first half of the final round. Chris Wood kept both of us on the hook and I needed more birdies like Saturday. Cévaër kept his cool and played superb during the final round. I adjusted well during the first three days when conditions were windier, Jeev said from Kent,adding: I wish it was windier today.
Jeev,ranked 39th in the world, was hoping for a win on the European Tour before he takes part in the US Open later this month and the British Open in July.
Jeev last won on the European Tour last year at the Bank Austria Open in September 2008. I need to be more consistent in my performances if I have to perform well in the Majors. I have always enjoyed playing on the European Tour and I am sure the wins will come. I just have to be more patient with my game.
I will be playing in the Welsh Open before I take part in the US Open, he said.
Jyoti Randhawa had been tied for the second spot after the first round,but a two-over 74 on the last day meant he finished with four-over 292,tied for the 46th spot along with Shiv Kapur,who shot a four-over 76 on Sunday.
Christian Cévaër (FRA) 281 (67-70-70-74); Gary Orr (SCO) 282 (71-72-68-71),Steve Webster (ENG) 282 (69-72-70-71),Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 282 (71-70-69-72); Chris Wood (ENG) 283 (69-73-68-73),Stephen Dodd (WAL) 283 (75-70-70-68),Jeev Milkha Singh 283 (67-69-71-76)