Alan Gaynor had to settle for second place in the EDGA Portugal event in Amendoeira Faldo in what was his second top-3 finish in as many starts.
Gaynor slept on a two-shot overnight lead after an opening 75 but a final round 79 saw him miss out by two shots to Dutch golfer Daphne Van Houten.
The Co. Sligo Golf Club man rallied late on with two birdies in his last four holes but paid the price for an ugly run on his front nine.
The Irish International opened his week with a triple-bogey seven but recovered well to top the leaderboard after day one but he was unable to claw back a disastrous start where he dropped five shots in three holes.
A bogey on the first was followed by a nightmare quadruple bogey eight on the third.
A welcome birdie on the fourth brought a brief reprieve before four bogeys in a row plunged him down the leaderboard.
Gaynor did well to come home in one-under 35 courtesy of three birdies and a brace of bogeys but he was unable to close the gap.
Roganstown’s James McFarland finished 12th while Dungannon’s Kevin Cassidy came second in the nett competition.
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