Sergio Garcia accepted that the fire which had ignited his Open challenge on Saturday just failed to ignite second time around in the final round playing alongside defending champion Tiger Woods.
The world No 1 became the first man since Tom Watson in 1983 to win successive Claret Jugs while Garcia could only look on after handing over the initiative in the first three holes.
Ryder Cup star Garcia finished 11 under par -seven shots adrift of Woods - after a one-over round of 73.
On Saturday he covered the front nine in 29 shots -yesterday he was ten shots worse and that was what cost him the tournament.
"I definitely didn't play the way I should have scored today," the 26-year-old Spaniard said.
"I felt my game was right there and I just needed a good start. I needed something like yesterday [Saturday], something going the right way and getting me in the right mood instead of having two three-putts which put me on the defensive.
"But it was a great tournament and I take a lot of positive things out of this tournament.
"It is a shame but that is the way it goes sometimes."
Garcia bemoaned his luck at suffering the odd bad bounce or putt which lipped out of the hole but, overall, he could not complain at how Woods played through the week.
"I felt like I missed two or three shots but I hit a lot of good shots which were just on the wrong side," he said.
"There were a couple of three-putts to start with where I thought I hit good putts and unfortunately they didn't go in and then nothing seemed to be going my way.
"I hit a pretty good drive on five and it just goes in the bunker (and he had to settle for par).
"Then it was a bit uphill but at least I came back nicely (with an eagle at the par-five 16th). That is important.
"I am a bit sad but I'm not disappointed. I felt like I played the way I wanted. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots - I did hit three or four bad ones and I know they cost me in the end. There were a lot of holes where, if things had gone a little bit differently for me, then it would have been a different story all round.
"It is a little bit difficult playing with Tiger sometimes but I felt calm today. I felt good with my putter, probably the best I ever felt in a major stroke-wise. I felt like I made a lot of good swings but he played very solid, stuck to his game plan and putted lights out.
"When you putt that well on these difficult greens you can't do anything (to catch him). But I still enjoyed it. I thought it was a great week."