"I can't play in the wind," Robert Rock had said after being blown all over the Forest of Arden for three days, writes Fraser Thomson.
Yesterday, he struggled to play in even the most benign conditions as the fortitude that had carried him through three days of bluster finally deserted him.
His scorecard tells the torrid story. On it he will have marked three birdies - at the first, fifth and 17th holes. But he will also have marked six bogeys and a double-bogey.
But the blame lay only with himself. Rock is too honest a player to find excuses in the elements. "I was dreadful today, even though it was pretty easy," he said, after finishing with a second 77 in a row, in joint-73rd place with Scotland's Andrew Coltart and compatriot Mark Foster.
His scores for the tournament have progressively got worse. He was level par on Thursday, plus four on Friday and 14 over par by play's end yesterday.
His putting, he said, had been pretty good. So which part of his game had let him down yesterday? Surely not his driving? For a man slight of build, he can't half spank a ball off the tee.
"I had a bad one [drive] up the ninth which cost me two shots but I hit some poor iron shots too.
"My irons have been bad, whether it is calm or windy. I am just not hitting them properly."
Rock walks away with just over two-and-a-half grand in his pocket but one senses it is not the money that matters for this young pro from The Belfry. Instead the ignominy of his performance, when playing under a kind sponsor's invitation, is what rubs him up the wrong way.
"It is disappointing that I am finishing nearly last here but at least I have been playing. I could have been sitting at home just watching it on television, so I am happy to be here and to have made the cut.
"I putted well on the first two days to shoot four over."
It is, however, tough going into a final round nine over the mark and even the gentler conditions often fail to create too many opportunities to reverse the ill-fortune. Where previously the wind had been a roar, yesterday it was barely a whisper.
Rock started full of promise with a birdie on the first following a wedge shot from 100 yards to about seven feet. His tee shot on the 195-yard parthree fifth landed nine feet from the cup and he needed just a single putt. On the 17th, following a deceptively long drive, a lay-up to 80 yards and a pitch to four feet gave him another birdie.
In between, however, he dropped eight shots, including the doublebogey at the ninth after his first drive and then his provisional landed within two feet of each other in deep jungle.
He was only a little surprised.
"I have not come into the tournament playing very well," he said. "I normally struggle off the tee to hit fairways but I wasn't too bad this week.
"I practised hard when I got home after my Saturday round and felt I had something to play for and, when I hit some nice shots down the first, I got quite hopeful."
Of course, Rock is unable to retreat into the comfort of the Challenge Tour, having played only one event, in Kenya, this year.
"I do not really know what to do now. I am playing in co- sanctioned events in St Omer and Russia but, because I have been getting into Tour events, I have not really sorted out my schedule."