An untidy finish forced Alan Murray to settle for a share of second place in the The Brooks Brothers 2008 Classic on the PGA Europro Tour.
The Greystones man was two shots clear of Matthew Ford after 12 holes of the final round at Five Lakes in Colchester.
But he bogeyed three of the last five holes for one over par 72 that left him three shots behind winner Ford and tied with South African amateur Jacques Blaauw on five-under par.
A cheque for £5,000 (€6,200) was a huge consolation for Murray, who moved up one place to third in the Europro Tour's Order of Merit with earnings of £24,040 from 12 events.
He is now certain to earn one of five Challenge Tour cards on offer for the top money winners at the end of the season
Dubliner Noel Fox remains top of the money list despite missing the cut in Colchester after rounds of 81 and 76.
But his lead over England's Dale Marmion has been slashed to just £610.