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Trevor Immelman just misses out again

South Africa's Trevor Immelman refuses to think about what might have been after narrowly missing out on PGA Tour titles over the last two weeks.

Immelman would prefer to revel in the best form of his career, confident his time will come for a breakthrough victory on the world's most lucrative circuit.

"They were two great weeks and I think I'm playing the best golf of my career so far," Immelman told reporters after finishing a stroke behind winner Brett Wetterich at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas on Sunday.

"I've got to just keep plugging away, ... and eliminate a few of those errors and hopefully pick up a couple of trophies along the way.

"I'm playing the best golf of my life. You know, I'm 26 years old, and I'm going to have hundreds of golf tournaments to play still.

"So I think for me it's just a case of trying to build on these last few achievements and hopefully close one out eventually."

Immelman, who one week earlier lost a playoff for the Wachovia Championship to American Jim Furyk, led by two with nine holes to play on Sunday before losing ground.

He dropped three shots in six holes from the 10th and did well to salvage a par at the last, after driving into water, before signing for a 70 and second place at 11 under.

"I felt like maybe I could do something on 18 like what happened to me last week," said the South African, who is playing his first full season on the PGA Tour.  

"I decided to take a drive off the tee and I felt really comfortable. I hit my best drive of the day, drew too much against the breeze and ended up going in the water.

"But I managed to gather myself and hit an eight-iron in there and was really proud of myself for holing that putt."

Asked if there was a reason for his impressive form over the last two weeks, Immelman replied: "I don't mean to sound arrogant at all but I think it's always been there.

"I have started to believe in myself a little bit more."

A three-times winner on the European Tour, Immelman has been tipped for the top since his amateur days.

He played off scratch at the age of 12 and represented the African Junior Golf Association Tour from 13 to 17.

In 1996, aged 17, he represented his country at the Eisenhower Trophy in Chile but suffered the disappointment of losing three finals that year: the British amateur, the New Zealand amateur and the U.S. junior championship.  

Since turning professional in 1999, Immelman has won four times on the Southern African Tour, twice in events co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

In January 2004, he became the first player since his idol Gary Player in 1977 to retain the South African Open.

Later that year, Immelman won the prestigious Deutsche Players' Championship of Europe, holing an eight-foot birdie putt at the last to end a gripping last-day duel with Ireland's Padraig Harrington.


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