Brian Harman bemoaned his missed opportunity at a maiden major championship after finishing runner-up to Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open.
Overnight leader Harman was unable to maintain his charge at Erin Hills as fellow American Koepka broke through for his first major title via a four-stroke victory on Sunday.
Harman teed off with a one-shot lead heading into the final round in Wisconsin but the two-time PGA Tour champion had to be content with a share of second alongside Hideki Matsuyama (66) following his even-par 72, which included three bogeys and as many birdies.
The 30-year-old bemoaned the outcome following his 72 holes but he paid tribute to countryman Koepka, who claimed a record-equalling score to par of 16 under.
"It bites a little bit right now. But Brooks played so well," Harman told reporters.
"The conditions were so tough. Was five-under the round of the day, him and Hideki, I guess? So next to last group and you shoot the lowest round of the day, that's tough, that's tough.
"I had a couple get away from me [on Saturday]. I was playing so good and just missed a couple putts. Had a couple get away from me today, but at the same time, I can't take anything away from how well he played.
"I've been in lots of golf tournaments. I've been in the hunt in a lot of golf tournaments. So this didn't feel horribly different than those.
"I felt that I had a good game plan. I just wish I was able to put a little more pressure on the course. I just didn't drive it as well today as I wanted to, so that would be something I'd work on going forward."
Harman had never made the cut previously at the U.S. Open, but his tied for second was no consolation afterwards.
"I don't believe in moral victories. I had an opportunity today and I didn't get it done. But at the same time, I don't feel as though I lost a golf tournament," he said.
"I think Brooks went out and won the tournament. I'm just going to keep trying to do what I'm good at and keep doing what I know how to do and we'll see where that takes me."
As for world number four Matsuyama, the Japanese added: "I played really well. Came up a little bit short. No regrets, but I did play well. If I learned anything, you've got to put four good rounds together. I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough."
|Hughes thankful for Stoke stability after ´emotional´ Premier League sackings|
|Bosz determined to turn around Dortmund slump|
|UEFA charge Everton after fans strike Lyon players|
|Adelaide United 2 Melbourne Victory 2: Austin pegs back United after Lia double|
|Webb heartbroken by ´joke´ new Wales selection policy|
|Real Madrid blow as Navas suffers thigh injury|
|Muller close to his old self again, says Heynckes|
|Everton ban fan involved in ugly Lyon scenes|
|Boyd ´very close´ to new Broncos deal|
|British Cycling doctor at centre of ´mystery package´ investigation resigns|
|Manchester City star De Bruyne wants trophies, not awards|
|UEFA charge Roma over alleged racist chanting at Chelsea match|
|Ibrahimovic tipped for December return by training partner Cole|
|Savea replaces injured Todd on All Blacks bench|
|Schweinsteiger ´open to everything´ as he nears end of Chicago Fire contract|
|Ferrari issues have handed Hamilton the title - Button|
|Neymar confirmed wish to leave Barcelona at Messi´s wedding, says Xavi|
|Thomas battles to stay among the leaders as Luke tops the List in Jeju|
|Kershaw jokes he ´might retire´ if Dodgers win World Series|
|Westbrook posts historic triple-double for new-look Thunder|
|Espargaro edges Marquez, Dovizioso in practice|
|Raiders claim exhilarating win over Chiefs|
|Cronk wants to play in 2018, says agent|
|De Bruyne: Man City, United fighting for title|
|Dodgers crush Cubs to reach first World Series since 1988|
|Marshawn Lynch ejected after shoving official|
|WATCH: Hernandez crushes Cubs´ hopes with grand slam|
|Vettel retains F1 title hope|
|LeBron still trying to get into playing shape|
|Wilshere will get Premier League chance – Wenger|
|Giroud: I got lucky with Red Star winner|
|Astros manager Hinch reminds everyone ALCS is not over|
|Lakers coach Walton says players will ´come after´ Lonzo Ball|
|F1 Raceweek: Hamilton dismisses title talk as Alonso eyes future challenge|
|Montella urges fans to ´stand by´ Milan after San Siro boos|
|Koeman admits he could be sacked by Everton|
|Carreno Busta´s Finals hopes take Moscow blow, Dimitrov and Goffin stay on course|
|Gloucester back on track with Agen hammering|
|Everton 1 Lyon 2: Koeman feeling the heat, while Williams brawl overshadows spectacle|
|Bridgewater: I definitely believe I will play this year|
|AC Milan 0 AEK Athens 0: Frustration mounts for Montella in dour draw|
|MRI on Warriors forward Green´s knee negative|
|Giroud promised special winner, Wenger reveals|
|Injured Kyrgios finished for 2017|
|Former Croatia striker Klasnic undergoes third kidney operation|
|Garcia looking at home in Valderrama|
|Red Star Belgrade 0 Arsenal 1: Giroud´s special winner lights up drab encounter|
|Shakespeare: Leicester will ´pull away´ from Premier League danger|
|Robben yet to hold talks over new Bayern Munich contract|
|Bilic denies West Ham have discipline problem|
|Hamilton has no plans to take a knee at US Grand Prix|
|Alonso is the most complete driver in F1, says Button|
|Alonso to stay with McLaren|
|Nets guard Jeremy Lin out for season with ruptured patella tendon|
|Coles hails retiring Moore as ´one of the greats´|
|Benteke progressing ´ahead of schedule´|
|Ancelotti to Leicester unlikely, says Clement|
|Berdych´s World Tour Finals chances ended by back injury|
|Dyche not aware of any approach amid Leicester speculation|
|I love you, take my watch! – How Arnautovic earned a special gift from Mourinho|
|Hafeez reported for suspect bowling action|
|´Surprised´ Appleton calls for Foxes focus after Shakespeare sacking|
|Harris: Stokes should follow Warner´s example|
|Brighton boss Hughton feels ´unacceptable´ behaviour remains in football|
|Markram replaces rested Amla for final ODI|
|Benzema ´very happy´ at Real Madrid amid Arsenal rumours|
|Azpilicueta admits to low mood in Chelsea camp|
|Lozowski ends exit talk by signing Saracens extension|
|Button reveals where he plans to race in 2018|
|Bacca: I played for the worst AC Milan in history|