Darren Clarke secured his best result of the 2013 season by finishing tied second in the Nanshan China Masters.
The former Open Champion signed for a final round 72 that saw him end the tournament one shot behind the winner, Charl Schwartzel.
Trailing Clarke and Liang Wenchong overnight, Schwartzel birdied the 15th and 16th to draw level with the Dungannon man, who had missed a three footer on the 13th before failing to get up and down for par from thick fringe grass at the 17th.
“I’m obviously disappointed with the day - it was another one of those days on the greens again where I couldn’t buy a putt from anywhere,” said Clarke, who has not won since winning The Open in 2011.
He still had a share of the lead on the 17th until finding the thick fringe of a greenside bunker.
“It was horrible. It couldn’t have got any worse,” he said, after hacking it out and missing the par putt.
“Still, that’s golf and they’ve got a very good winner here, a fantastic winner, and that’s the way it is. It’s like that sometimes, unfortunately.”
The winner Schwartzel said; “It’s always very satisfying to win. I’ve played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of traveling in the past few months and it felt like I’ve been playing really good golf with no results, so it’s nice to have something finally go your way.”
Meanwhile, Michael McGeady snatched the Irish PGA Championship title from Damian Mooney and Cian McNamara at Roganstown GC.
McGeady posted rounds of 66, 72, 70 and 67 for a nine-under-par winning 275, one stroke ahead of Mooney and McNamara, after the leadership changed hands a few times during the day.