East London, South Africa: Gaganjeet Bhullar got his putts just in time as he managed a one-under 70 in the final round to end tied 27th at the Africa Open on the European Tour in East London (South Africa) on Sunday.
Bhullar, who had three rounds in the 60s, finished at 12-under par, the best total he has achieved so far on the European Tour this season. Bhullar began with a par but bogeyed the second.
He hit back to find back-to-back birdies on third and fourth as he looked set make a good charge. But thereafter he could not find a single birdie.
He did well not to lose patience and parred the next 14 holes to come home in 70.
Bhullar's best finish this season so far has been tied 10th in Abu Dhabi and tied 22nd in Qatar. He also finished 59th at Jo'burg Open.
Earlier, Shiv Kapur missed the cut with rounds of 70-70. At the top Thomas Aiken, who won the Avantha Masters in 2013 -where Bhullar was second - was in lead with five holes to go. He was at 19-under. Darren Fichardt was lying second at 18-under with John Hahn and Oliver Fisher.
Overnight leader Emiliano Grillo came to grief with a nine on par-4 first hole and then dropped more bogeys on fifth, eighth and ninth to fall down to 19th but he had five more holes to play.