Jeev Milkha Singh, otherwise in immaculate form, three-putted the last hole on Sunday to lose by a stroke at the Asahiryokuken Yomiuri Memorial in Fukoka on the Japanese Tour.
It would have been a second consecutive title victory for the Indian following his win in the Volvo Masters, but his last hole goof-up coupled with Tatsu Ichihara's impressive five-under for the day dashed all hopes.
Ichihara's performance for the day pushed his total to 18-under 270, a shot better than Jeev’s who finished second with 17-under 271.
Nonetheless, Jeev's performance has been impressive throughout. “It was my 14th top-10 finish this season and things are going smooth for me,” said Jeev, who said he has been battling flu the last three days.
This, incidentally, is also the first time this season that Jeev had come so close to a title win on the Japanese Tour. In fact, this was his first 2nd place finish this season in Japan.
“I was doing pretty well. Despite the relatively stronger winds today I was hitting the greens pretty often. That was a good sign,” he said from Japan. So what went wrong?
“It was putting that let me down,” he said. An example, as he said, was the final hole which he bogeyed.
Jeev leaves for Shanghai on Monday for the HSBC Open where he will have to contend with the likes of Tiger Woods. “With this success behind me, I am pretty confident,” he said.