Former Scottish Amateur champion Chris Robb produced one of his best performances of a short professional career in the opening event of the new MENA Tour season.
The Banchory man finished joint-fourth in the Royal Golf Mohammedia Open by HLO, won by Englishman Zane Scotland in Morocco.
After opening rounds of 71 and 68, Robb closed with a two-under 70 that included an eagle and three birdies.
He finished with a seven-under 209 total, four behind Scotland after he signed off with a 68 for a two-shot success.
It was Scotland’s 10th victory on the circuit but first since the Golf Citizen Masters at Al Ain in October, 2014.
“I really worked hard on my game during the winter and it has paid off which feels great,” said Scotland after receiving the winner’s trophy and a cheque for $9,000.
“I was really disappointed not to win any event last year despite posting some good finishes.
“Now that I have won, I would like to keep the momentum going during the season.”
Defending champion Paul Doherty finished a tie for 30th on one-over, two shots behind another Scot, Duncan Stewart, in joint-19th.
The circuit now moves on to the Moroccan port city of El Jadida on the Atlantic coast, where the inaugural El Jadida Championship by HLO starts on Monday.
The fourth staging of the Links Golf Cup produced its first overseas winner in Mallorca-based Daniel Wise.
A final-day haul of 38 points on Gullane No 1 game him a 149 total in the 72-hole event and victory by four points.
“A great final round by Daniel pulled him away from a tight field at the top and gives us our first overseas winner,” said organiser Andy Bowen.
Glenbervie’s Eddie O’Donnell was pipped for second by Paul Morgan (Kenilworth) amassing a point more in the last round as they both finished on 145.
Bidding to add this title to his win in the Ayrshire equivalent last year, Cawder’s Stewart Cook had to settle for sixth spot on 142.
With a total of 419, Missing Links won the team prize by three points.
James Byrne is lying joint-fifth, four shots off the lead, heading into the final round of the Asian Development Tour’s PGM LADA Langkawi Championship at the Gunung Raya Golf Resort in Malaysia.
The former Walker Cup player backed up opening rounds of 66 and 68 with a third-round 70 for a nine-under 204 total.