Mark suffers near-miss agony again

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IT has been an agonising week or so for Worksop golfer Mark Foster who was on the brink of two of the best achievements of his career only to see them slip away.

For the second week running Foster was a third round leader, this time in the French Open after leading the way at the BMW International in Munich the week before.

He missed out in Germany and was right in contention in Paris, sharing the lead after three rounds with fellow English golfer James Morrison.

Foster had shot three rounds of 68, three under par, but his final round of a 74 left him a shot off the winner, France’s Thomas Levet.

The Worksop man needed to sink a 20 footer on the last to force a play-off but left it short.

Foster, whose last tour win was in 2003, contrasted with his first three rounds by failing to make a birdie all day. He double-bogeyed the 12th and three-putted the 13th.

He didn’t even have the consolation of qualifying for the Open Championship - the man who finished joint second with him on a six under par 278, Denmark’s Thorborjn Olsesen, got the place at Sandwich instead because he has the higher world ranking.

Foster earned himself almost £250,000 for finishing joint second.

Sheffield’s Danny Willett missed the cut after two rounds of 77 left him 12 over.