Jeev Milkha Singh could not really set alight the turf, while Jyoti Randhawa too was not in his element and the Indian pair brought home a final round card of one-under 71 to finish tied 17th in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup of Golf in Dongguan, China on Sunday.
The duo needed something special in the foursome format to haul them up among the top 10 but all they could manage was a 71 and the aggregate of eight-under 280 was good enough only for a share of the 17th place.
They thus fell short of India's best show in the tournament so far which came in 2005 when Randhawa had teamed up with Arjun Atwal for a ninth place finish.
The Indian duo's discomfiture in this format was all too evident as they dropped bogeys on the fourth and 14th holes. Birdies on the second, 10th and 11th holes did put them under-par but that was just not enough for a strong finish.
At the top, Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson produced a magnificent three-stroke victory for Sweden after shooting a nine-under 63 in the final round.
261: Sweden; 264: Spain; 270: Japan, Australia; 272: Germany; 273: England; 274: South Africa, Thailand; 275: USA; 276: Chile, France, Philippines; 277: Portugal, Canada, Denmark; 278: Ireland; 280: India, China; 281: Scotland, Italy; 282: Finland; 283: Guatemala, New Zealand; 284: Chinese Taipei; 285: Wales; 287: Korea; 288: Mexico; 294: Venezuela.