The self-destruction of a golfer's round can be as painful to watch as it is to endure.
While Steve Webster, who yesterday came so close to adding the British Masters crown to the Italian Open title he won last week, might point to many factors, his personal disaster came at the 16th hole at the Forest of Arden.
It was here, when faced with a relatively simple pitch from about 90 yards, that the power of positive thinking momentarily deserted him.
The signs were not good when his caddie was asked to pace out the distance from Webster's ball to the front of the lake that guards the 16th green.
What water? Professional golfers rarely even notice the hazard, seeing only the verdant green beyond. But for Webster the small lake might as well have been an expanse of ocean.
He lofted his second shot high and short, the ball crashing into the sleepers that line the lake's edge. A penalty drop meant a bogey rather than a possible birdie or certain par.
It would not only have maintained the pressure on his New Zealand playing partner Michael Campbell but would have kept him snapping at the heels of leaders Thomas Bjorn, Brian Davis and David Howell up ahead.
It was a defining moment but not one upon which Webster, who won £60,000 for sharing fifth place with Denmark's Soren Hansen and England's Simon Khan, wishes to dwell.
Had his attention drifted? "I focused a lot better this week," said the Atherstone 31-year-old.
"On 16 I knew I had to land it just four or five yards over the water but just came up off it. That's life."
Webby, as the large gathering of supporters from north Warwickshire call him, had carried the marvellous form from Castello di Tolcinasco Golf Club near Milan - where he won by three shots - through the first three rounds here.
No more the party-loving, celebrity- dating youngster who has been known to imbibe one or two drinks after hours with the caddies and greenkeepers.
Webster is now a fullyfledged Tour pro. One win in Italy does not a summer make and he craves more titles. "It was a bit stop-start today," he added. "I played really well in spells. I got the joint lead I think and then Howler [David
Howell on the 17th hole] eagled. It was just one of those days when I couldn't really get near them. I got within a shot of them but they were just always pulling away a little bit.
"Overall it has been a pretty good week. I loved being up there [among the leaders] again but I just have to control how far I hit the ball.
"I was hitting it so far with my irons when I was fired up.
"I had 200 yards into 17 and hit a six-iron 215 yards. I just have to watch it a little bit but that is adrenalin. I ripped it all over the pin and it pitched 15 yards longer than it is supposed to."
Webster started his final day three shots adrift of leader Campbell on three under par. While Campbell could not turn his efforts into profit, going around the front nine in level par, Webster's roller-coaster ride started with a superb birdie on the 563-yard par-five third.
The fourth -- known locally as Keys Corner - might be re-christened Webster's Wood for 'twas there that he came a cropper, twice hitting trees before scuffing a chip to miss the green. The resultant double-bogey six was punishment enough and he had slipped from four-under to two-under.
Webster's new-found ability to regain his concentration meant he picked shots at the seventh and ninth, thanks to a bunker shot to within two feet on the former and an iron approach to seven feet before the turn.
Campbell stretched his overall lead with his first birdie of the day on the 11th hole before the local hero had the crowds roaring again with a huge drive on the 12th where, on Saturday, his feats had brought gasps from the spectators.
Webster hammered the ball a full 340 yards for the second day running and followed a simple nine-iron to the back fringe with a putt to four feet which he duly sank.
While Campbell struggled to a double-bogey six on the 13th, Webster splashed out of a bunker to within inches of the cup for an exquisite sand save.
His dropped shot on 14 came via a bunker again but it was nothing to the trials two holes later.
A lesser man might have collapsed after the travails of the watery 16th hole but Webster found room for a fifth birdie, again on the par-five 17th.
Webster, had he won here, would have become only the second player in the history of the European Tour to win his first two titles consecutively. Fred Couples did it in the 1995 Dubai Desert Classic and then the Johnnie Walker Classic.
His hunger remains undiminished."Now I am really looking forward to next week [at the Nissan Irish Open at Carton House GC in County Kildare]."