Graeme McDowell admitted there was little he could say to comfort Adam Scott after his costly finish to The Open at Royal Lytham.
McDowell's hopes of victory had long since disappeared when Scott's game fell apart over the last four holes, bogeys at each of them handing the Claret Jug to Ernie Els.
"It was tough to say anything to him that was going to be of any relevance," McDowell said.
"I said he's a great champion and there are many majors ahead for him. It's just a tough beat.
"He struggled on the greens a little bit today, as we all did. The putt he missed on 16 was huge for him.
"Then he hit a great drive down the middle of 17 and with half of England right of that pin he missed it left.
"He's going to be extremely heart-broken and disappointed, but he's a great, great, great player and that's what I tried to convey to him on the last green.
"Like I say, it felt like a futile exercise trying to say anything to him, but I'm sure he's going to be unbelievably disappointed."
On his own round of 75, which left him in a tie for fifth, he added: "It was a tough day at the office, no doubt about it.
"But I'm not splattered on the floor right now in disappointment. I'm just a little frustrated.
"I guess my disappointment kind of seems relatively stupid. I've just seen a guy lose the Open Championship."