Southampton - It's been a long four days at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills.
No one felt that more on Sunday than South Africa's Dean Burmester, who completed his first ever Major event.
Burmester walked to the clubhouse with his head down and visibly frustrated, as he carded a 4-over 74 in his final round to finish tied for 54th at 17-over par.
He had a horrid front nine on Sunday, making five consecutive bogeys and then ending with two more bogeys on 17 and 18.
Afterwards, the South African revealed that his putter was the main culprit.
"I've been struggling with my putter all week. I missed a few greens on the front nine and didn't get anything up and down," Burmester told Sport24 after his final round at Shinnecock.
"It was not a good week and not up to my standards, but the first Major is under the belt and we'll go onto the next one."
Shinnecock came under severe scrutiny after Saturday's almost 'unplayable' conditions that led to several golfers hitting out at the United States Golf Association (USGA).
"The course is tough, it's tough for everybody. I didn't play yesterday afternoon, I only know what I saw on TV, the guys looked like they had a hard time ... it looked pretty unplayable," said Burmester.
"Today I thought (was) the easiest the course has played. The USGA has done a good job in getting it back playable for these guys and they're going to have a good afternoon."
Burmester's next event will be on the European Tour, at the Open de France at Le Golf National, which gets is scheduled for June 28-July 1.
"I'm excited just to get back home at this stage and see my family, it's been a long time. There's been a lot of travel, I miss them a lot and obviously as it's Father's Day it's not easy," he said.
"So first thing is to get home and then prepare for a nice summer in Europe."
When asked if the next Major on his mind would be the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, the 29-year-old commented: "We hope so, have to start playing better, but that's the plan."
Final round scores on Sunday in the 118th US Open Golf Championship at Shinnecock Hills (USA unless noted, par-70):
281 - Brooks Koepka 75-66-72-68
282 - Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 75-66-78-63
283 - Dustin Johnson 69-67-77-70
284 - Patrick Reed 73-72-71-68
285 - Tony Finau 75-72-66-72
286 - Xander Schauffele 72-74-72-68, Daniel Berger 76-71-66-73, Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 75-70-72-69, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 71-70-74-71
287 - Justin Rose (ENG) 71-70-73-73, 287 - Webb Simpson 76-71-71-69
288 - Russell Knox (SCO) 73-71-75-69, Zach Johnson 73-73-72-70 Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) 73-70-75-70
289 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 76-72-68-73
290 - Li Haotong (CHN) 79-68-74-69, Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 75-70-79-66, Paul Casey (ENG) 73-73-73-71, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 74-72-75-69
291 - Steve Stricker 73-75-73-70, Rickie Fowler 73-69-84-65, Charley Hoffman 71-69-77-74, Brian Gay 73-74-70-74, Dylan Meyer 77-69-71-74
292 - Francesco Molinari (ITA) 75-72-72-73, Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 74-72-77-69, Alex Noren (SWE) 72-72-77-71, Jason Dufner 70-74-79-69, Russell Henley 69-73-77-73, Matthieu Pavon (FRA) 71-77-74-70, Charles Howell III 71-72-77-72, Branden Grace (RSA) 76-69-72-75, Justin Thomas 74-70-74-74, Bryson DeChambeau 76-69-73-74, Ian Poulter (ENG) 69-72-76-75
293 - Pat Perez 73-71-77-72, Bill Haas 76-72-74-71, Brian Harman 74-70-78-71, Rafael Cabrera Bello (ESP) 73-71-76-73, Gary Woodland 79-69-70-75
294 - Sam Burns 71-76-75-72, Ryan Fox (NZL) 73-72-74-75, Patrick Rodgers 72-72-83-67, Jhonattan Vegas (VEN) 76-72-73-73
295 - Marc Leishman (AUS) 74-69-78-74, Scott Piercy 69-71-79-76, Patrick Cantlay 75-71-76-73, Brandt Snedeker 72-76-73-74
296 - Phil Mickelson 77-69-81-69, Peter Uihlein 75-72-75-74, Ross Fisher (ENG) 76-71-79-70, Luis Gagne (CRC) 73-74-75-74, Matt Parziale 74-73-74-75, Tim Wilkinson (NZL) 76-72-78-70, Jim Furyk 73-71-72-80
297 - Dean Burmester (RSA) 75-73-75-74, Chris Naegel 73-73-75-76, Jimmy Walker 75-70-79-73, Mickey DeMorat 72-72-80-73, Tyler Duncan 77-67-81-72
298 - Calum Hill (SCO) 75-69-81-73
299 - Andrew Johnston (ENG) 73-73-82-71
300 - Brendan Steele 72-73-75-80
301 - Cameron Wilson 75-73-76-77
302 - Kevin Chappell 75-72-78-77
303 - Will Grimmer 73-72-78-80
306 - An Byeong-hun (KOR) 71-76-81-78