Dubliner David Carey closed with a bitterly disappointing one over par 73 to miss out on his first Alps Tour victory at the Ein Bay Open in Egypt.
The Castleknock golfer had seized the lead heading into the final day after fine opening rounds of 66&68 but struggled to deal with the expectation from the front, eventually finishing three shots behind winner, Italy’s Michele Cea (-12).
He will pick up a cheque worth 2,560 euros for his efforts but that will feel like scant consolation for what might have been today for the 21-year-old.
Still, the big-hitting Carey has proven himself to be a birdie machine at times over his fledgling career and though it mightn’t feel like it now, this disappointment will stand to him in bigger tests ahead.
In another sound Irish performance, Naas’ Conor O’Rourke (26) followed his best-of-the-day 65 yesterday with a two under 70 this afternoon to claim a share of 4th.