He fell agonisingly short of claiming the coveted Kirkwood Cup for the first time, but joint runner-up Marcus Fraser will take nothing but positives out of his impressive performance in the Australian PGA Championship.
Fraser's closing three-under 69 featured a memorable 15m birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a three-way playoff with eventual winner Greg Chalmers and Robert Allenby.
But ecstasy quickly turned to agony as the likeable 33-year-old pulled his tee shot into the water at the opening playoff hole.
"I think you've got to take the positives out of everything, I was almost out of the tournament yesterday but my putting kept me in it," Fraser said.
"You're going to be disappointed having a chance to win the tournament like that but you've got to cop it on the chin and get better, simple as that."
"The world's best players are here and this is one of our biggest events in Australia, it's probably our best week of the year and it's nice to go out and play well ... it's a nice way to go into next year."
"I felt pretty calm on the tee ... but unfortunately I pulled the ears off it on the 18th tee and I was almost out of the playoff straight away."
"But I can't complain, that putt on 18 to get into the playoff was pretty huge."
He added when asked to recall his miraculous putt: "I saw a pretty good line and just had to try and have fairly good speed and it looked like it sat there for about three hours and then finally dropped in – it was amazing."
"About three or four foot out I thought it was just going to fall short. I mean I didn't know if I had to hole it or not but I had a rough idea that I had to."
"You just never know and never give up and you've just got to keep grinding."
The 33-year-old described the putt as his best moment in golf but admits he was sheepish when he saw a replay of his wild celebration that featured several fist pumps.
"I had a look at the replay just after I sunk the putt, I was standing on the back of the green trying to make sense of it all and I looked up and saw it and there was some fat bloke doing a dance on the green in a red shirt, so I had a bit of a laugh at that."
"When it dropped I was pretty happy ... I had a bit of a laugh when I saw it on the screen on the replay, I was a bit emotional there but it was good."