A frustrated Adam Scott is finding it difficult to take pleasure in his major championship resurgence after a lacklustre final round at the US PGA Championship.
For a fourth straight major, Scott was in the mix but failed to find another gear in search of a long-awaited second victory to go with his historic 2013 Masters win.
He began Sunday at the PGA Championship nine strokes behind eventual winner Brooks Koepka and was never a chance at reeling in the big-hitting American at New York's Bethpage Black.
But a hot round could have gone a long way.
Instead, the 38-year-old Queenslander bogeyed three of his last five holes to post a four-over 74.
Although Scott shared eighth at one over, he finished nine shots from Koepka.
"It's just hopeless and it's not going to win many tournaments," he said of his final round.
"I would have liked to get more out this week; there was some good stuff but it's frustrating to have an average result again."
The silver lining is Scott moves to world No.26 and will take confidence in continually putting his hand up at the majors, as he looks ahead to the US Open at Pebble Beach in June.
In between, he will play Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament in Ohio as a tune-up.
He vows to end the late bogeys which have ensured his worldwide winless drought is now well past three years.
"I have to keep working on it, I keep putting myself there but I need to close out a round in better fashion," Scott said.
"My game is trending in the right direction but I don't think anyone is patient with just hanging around."
However after a poor 2017 season, Scott has proved he is still a force to be reckoned with - earning a fourth top-10 result from 11 US PGA Tour starts this season.
Putting has generally been considered Scott's weak link relative to his world-class ball-striking but he ranks within the top 20 on the greens on the PGA Tour.
That is his best performance on the greens through May in 15 years.
Scott's countryman Jason Day, the 2015 PGA Champion, had a disappointing week at a course set up for his powerful driving and razor-sharp short game.
Day closed with a 72 to share 23rd at four over, while Cameron Smith (74) was 11 over and Lucas Herbert (75) was 12 over.