The Belfry (England):A poor front nine marred Jeev Milkha Singh's final round as he turned in a one-over 73 to settle for a tied fifth finish at the British Masters here.
The seasoned pro, who was tied third overnight just three strokes off the pace, ended his campaign with a total of six-under 282.
The other Indian in fray, Shiv Kapur, had yet another disastrous outing, carding a 74 in the final round to finish tied 59th with a total of seven-over 295.
Jeev was off to a steady start as he parred his first five holes before hitting a rough patch. A double-bogey on the sixth hole was followed by another dropped stroke on the ninth as Jeev made the turn three-over.
The Indian went on damage control mode in his back-nine and reeled off birdies on the 10th and 13th to raise hopes of a comeback.
He managed another birdie on the 17th but a bogey on the preceding hole meant that Jeev failed to break par for the first time in the tournament.
Spaniard Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (67), who was tied for third spot with Jeev yesterday, clinched the title after beating Englishman Lee Westwood (70) in a play-off.
The duo was tied at 12-under 276 after the regulation four rounds. New Zealand's Michael Campbell (72) settled for the third spot at 10-under 278.