Scott Jamieson says he gave it his all despite blowing a five-shot lead in the final round of the Volvo Golf Champions at Durban Country Club.
Jamieson was red-hot favourite to make it a Durban double having won the Nelson Mandela Championship in the same city six weeks ago but a final round 72 allowed pre-tournament favourite Louis Oosthuizen to storm past him in the final round.
"Louis's a major champion - there's no shame in losing to him," said world number 100 Jamieson, who became the first player since Hennie Otto five years ago to lose a Tour event from five clear with a round to go.
"I gave it my all, but it wasn't to be," Jamieson reflected after his final round which hit the buffers when he double bogeyed the fourth hole.
However, He can content himself with the fact that he has started the season with a first, third and second.
"I'll take that - absolutely," he added. "The double bogey was a kick in the stones, to put it politely, but I had tons of chances and couldn't take them."
Jamieson will move up to around 70th in the new rankings and if he can make it into the top 50 by the end of March there will be the reward of a Masters debut.
That has been his dream ever since he was a student at Augusta State University and was allowed to play the world famous course once a year.
Oosthuizen, who lost a play-off to Bubba Watson there last April, is now up to number four in the world rankings.
"It was a great week - a lot of things happened," said the 30-year-old, who on Friday won a £32,000 excavator for his farm when he was part of the winning team in the day's pro-am format.