Padraig Harrrington went from hero to zero as Jim Furyk retained the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City.
The Dubliner had scorched to within three shots of the American when took just 22 putts in a third round 65 - including 13 single putts in a row.
But he could do little right on the tough final day, missing eight of 14 fairways in a disappointing 75 and that left him four adrift in third place.
With Harrington failing to apply any pressure, Furyk could afford to close with a 74 and still win by two shots from Henrik Stenson on 12 under par.
The world No 2 did not make a bogey in the tournament until the third hole of his final round - a run of 56 holes with a dropped shot.
In the end Furyk pocketed a cheque for $1.2 million and took his worldwide earnings this year to more than $8.5 million.
Harrington picked up $400,000 for third place before heading to Barbados for this week's World Cup date with Paul McGinley.
In California, Bray's Keith Nolan went into the fifth round of the PGA Tour Qualifying tournament in a strong position to regain his card today.
Nolan hit a fourth round 68 at PGA West Stadium to tie for 16th place on eight under with the top 30 after six rounds earning full cards.
At the LPGA Q-School in Florida, Rebecca Coakley scraped through the 72-hole cut on the seven over par mark - eight shots outside the top 15 who earn full cards.