Danny Lee has been left to rue a poor start at the final stage of PGA qualifying school in La Quinta, California after finishing one shot short of a 2013 Tour card.
Lee had a final round 2-under 70 to finish at -16 and in a tie for 27th.The top 25 and ties receive a Tour card and with all those ahead of him now finished, the cut off remained at -17.
An opening round even par 72 and a second round three-over 75 had the New Zealand No 1 languishing around 150th before rounds of 67, 65 and 67 saw him rocket into the top 30 of the 172-strong field.
A double bogey on the par five, fifth hole was the difference between him qualifying for a full card. He made two birdies coming home on the 11th and 16th but it was not enough as the damage had been done.
He was joined on -14 going into round six by fellow Kiwi Tim Wilkinson who could not repeat his fifth round form.
A bogey-free round yesterday that included five birdies and an eagle set the 34-year-old up for a fairytale finish on the final day, but after swapping the birdies for bogies Wilkinson slipped back with a one-over 73 to finish at -13 and a tie for 49th.
It was a frustrating day for the former NZ Eisenhower rep. Every time he made a birdie he followed it with a bogey the next hole.
He birdied two and bogeyed three, he birdied six and bogeyed seven and then birdied 12 and bogeyed 13. His fate was sealed with a bogey at the par five 16th.
The result means New Zealand will be without a player on the PGA Tour next year and both players will return to the second-tier web.com tour with the goal of re-qualifying for 2014.
The tournament was won by South Korean Dong-Hwan Lee on -25.