Jordan Spieth was disappointed he was unable to convert a winning opportunity but vowed to back after a fine Masters debut.
The 20-year-old American started the final round brilliantly, claiming a two-shot lead after seven holes with back-to-back birdies.
However, he then dropped three shots in five holes and eventually had to settle for a share of second place behind Bubba Watson.
"I think that was the best week I've ever had patience-wise, I think that was the key to success," he told Sky Sports.
"Ultimately it stings because I had it to eight-under and felt very comfortable sitting on a par-five ready to push forward.
"But it wasn't my day today and obviously the way Bubba played it was going to be very difficult to beat him anyway. I'm very happy for him, and I can't wait to be back.
"I think this has been more valuable even than if I had won. I can take so much from this experience, one that I've never had before.
"I had never felt the way I felt this entire round in terms of nerves and pressure, and it was really cool to hole a couple of putts early and I just wish I could have held it together.
"It definitely could have happened today. I'm 20 and there's a long way to go, there's three more majors this year and a lot of events in between. This is another kick-start to what could be a great year."