Ireland's Robin Dawson has been beaten in the final of the 123rd British Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen.

Dawson was just one shot down to South African Jovan Rebula after the first 18 holes, but then fell back considerably.

Despite a late rally, he lost 3&2 to miss out on the prestigious honour.

Dawson won the Irish Open Amateur Championship at Royal County Down in May.

Rebula now enters the 147th Open at Carnoustie next month, the 2019 US Open and, by tradition, an invitation to the 2019 Masters Tournament. 

Dawson said: "I am pretty happy. If you offered me finishing second at the start of the week I would have definitely taken it but then again when you get so close it’s frustrating so I have a lot of mixed emotions.

"I’ve some nice tournaments coming up so that’s what I’ll go away and try to focus on.

"I wasn’t really clawing my way back into it in the end, Jovan was giving holes away. But to be fair to him, it was a great up and down on the 16th to win it. He’s definitely a very worthy winner this week."