Brett Coletta continued his promising start of the Web.Com Tour season today and recorded a career-best share third at the Savannah Golf Classic.
Coletta, 22, led briefly during the final round, but a flat ninth backback enabled American Dan McCarthy to ride clear and win with two hits at 2pm at the Landings Club in Georgia.
With a new fixed day for the Aussies during the secondary tour, Cameron Percy and Jamie Arnold rattled home for top 10 finishes.
But it was Melburnian Coletta who had his first legitimate chance of winning the tour, after a share of 11 in the Bahamas and 12th in Panama earlier in his campaign.
The Q-school graduate started the day just a stroke of leadership and rose through the pack with four birdies in five holes of the third.
He pitched in bogeys on the second and ninth to compensate for another birdie on the first, but still turned part of the lead.
But as moving as his front nine, Coletta spent most of the last nine on the par-train and his only stain – a bogey on the par-four 11th – was enough to end his attack.
Still, the money balance of his season rose to $ US54,925, and more importantly, he rose to 22nd place in the race and was among the top 25, who will be promoted to the American PGA Tour at the end of the season
His finish also assured him of a full number of tournaments on this year's Web.Com Tour, which had only partially started in January.
Colleague Victorian Percy had an entertaining round, turned in two with an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys on his front nine.
But three other birdies and no scorecard spots on the back nine made the veteran finish sixth alone, only one shot at Coletta's turd.
Remarkably, Percy is no worse off than the 35th in six starts on the Web.Com Tour this season and as a result has risen to eighth place on the list of seasonal points.
Sydneysider Arnold was breathtaking in a final-round 65, turned in 31, creating eagle on the 11th and the other birdie on the 12th before a bogey on the 17th gave him a share of the ninth to 10 under.
That result brought him from 56th to 38th place on the points list.
Another New South Welshman, Rhein Gibson shot his third consecutive 71 to end up under five and in a 42nd share that left him 23rd on the points list.
Brett Drewitt missed the cut.
Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, Aaron Baddeley closed with a 71 in the Corrales Puntacana Championship of the American PGA Tour to finish in a share of the seventh behind champion Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland.
The great form of Baddeley has earned him 61st place on the FedEx Cup point list and is already safe in the attempt to regain his card with a top 125 finish at the end of the year
Matt Jones, leader of the first round, finished in an 18-to-11-year share, good enough to go to the 111th position in the FedEx rankings.
The Curtis Luck of Perth closed with a 69 to share 52nd, while the John Senden in Brisbane ended in a share in 67th place.