Justin Rose finished tied 12th in the US Masters after saving his best round of 69 until the final day to finish on six-under par.
Rose, who led by a shot with two holes to play 12 months ago before eventually losing out in a play-off to Sergio Garcia, started slowly this time in Augusta.
The former Robert May’s pupil opened with a round of 72, followed by a 70, 71 and finally 69 for a total of 282.
Three birdies and three bogeys meant the north Hampshire golfer opened with a level-par first round.
The former Tylney Park and Hartley Wintney member carded a second round of 70 in tricky conditions at Augusta National to reach two-under par and trail early clubhouse leaders Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth by two shots.
Announcing himself as a contender, Rose said he was ‘pleased’ with his putting and round of six birdies and four bogeys.
But that was as close as last year’s runner-up got – although closer than Garcia who failed to make the weekend after a horror show on the 15th in the first round – to competing as he plodded along for a one-under Saturday, leaving him well off the pace.
Rose saved his best round until last though with a three-under par to climb to 12th, where he tied with Louis Oosthuizen and Charley Hoffman.
Patrick Reed took home the green jacket on 15-under, one ahead of closest challenger Rickie Fowler.