Little- known Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano emulated his idol Seve Ballesteros by winning the KLM Open in Holland, two shots ahead of England's Gary Emerson.
Paul Broadhurst, the Atherstone player who has enjoyed a resurgence in his game this season - particularly since winning the Portuguese Open - finished third on 272 after rounds of 66, 67, 69 and 70.
Having started the day second, Broadhurst three-putted the third hole to drop to seven under, and had to chase the whole way round.
Broadhurst finished with a 70 for eight under par and admitted it was difficult to get anything going in his round.
"I didn't play well enough today," said the Warwickshire golfer.
"It always feels a struggle round here - you can never relax. It was a good week but it could have been better.
"Going down 11, I thought if I could get it to ten under with four birdies in the last seven it would put a bit of pressure on. But realistically the last few holes I was trying for third.
"I've never done very well round here, but it is a chance gone."
John Bickerton, who so far this term has failed to make a mark on any tournament with matters in his private life - he is in the throes of a divorce - finished on five under par after shooting 65, one of the best rounds of the day, and in seventh place. Hereford's David Park finished level par after matching Bickerton's final round as did Jamie Spence ( two under).
But it was the 24-year-old Fernandez-Castano, from Madrid, who claimed his maiden European Tour title in only his 16th event as a professional - becoming just the third rookie to win on the tour after Jos> Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia.
Trailing Emerson by one at the start of play, he shot a final-round 67 to finish 11 under at the tight Hilversumsche Golf Club to take the first prize of £168,000.
Ballesteros won the event three times (1976, 1980 and 1986) - the first when he was 19.
"It is difficult to explain it.
I just went out today to play my best golf, and what happened was everything came true. It is a dream - the icing on the cake," said Fernandez-Castano, ranked 421st in the world.
"It was one of those days when everything came so easy; the putter, the driver, and putts were just dropping. It didn't matter where I aimed - it just went straight into the hole.
"I really felt the pressure when Gary eagled the 12th. It is difficult to be at the top of the leaderboard, especially in such an important tournament."
The two key holes on the front nine were the second and the ninth, where the Spaniard had two-shot swings go in his favour.
Fernandez-Castano bogeyed the first to give Emerson a lead of two. But at the par-four next, he holed a two-foot birdie putt to tie the lead after the Englishman bogeyed by overshooting the fairway despite playing an iron off the tee.
The Spaniard enjoyed the third hole far more than Broadhurst. He produced a superb eagle, his seven-iron approach from 161 yards landing straight in the hole to go ten under.
A 12-foot birdie putt from the fringe lifted Emerson back to nine under, but two trips to the rough and a missed 15-footer saw him give that back at the next.
Broadhurst returned to six under - having also bogeyed the fourth - after hitting his tee shot at the short fifth to within a foot, and Emerson repeated the feat for birdie to reduce the lead to one.
A bogey at the eighth dropped Broadhurst back to six under and out of contention. But at the same hole Fernandez-Castano holed a 40ft birdie putt and Emerson a 15-footer to go 11 under and ten under respectively.
The Spaniard managed a 25-foot putt to go to the turn in 31 at 12 under, and when Emerson missed a four-foot par effort the lead was three shots.
It became four at the next after both missed the green, but only Emerson failed to get up and down. Fernandez-Castano then holed a 20-foot putt to save par on the 11th and maintain his lead.
Emerson chipped in for eagle at the 485-yard 12th to go to ten under, and Fernandez-Castano threeputted for par to reduce the lead to two.
However, the Wimborne golfer carved his tee shot into the trees at the 14th and bogeyed. So did his partner, now 11 under, but Emerson then dropped another shot at the 16th to hand a three-shot lead back to the Spaniard.
It was too much to overhaul, even at the par-five last, where the Spaniard parred and Emerson birdied to finish second outright.
Emerson's main problem was evident in his stats, hitting only four of 14 fairways and seven of 18 greens.
"I tried, but he played really well. He holed putt after putt, and I just tried to hang on to him. But I hit a few poor shots at the end," said the 41-year-old from Dorset.
"I couldn't quite get close enough, and 16 (when Emerson bogeyed) killed it off really.
" Obviously I'm disappointed but happy at the same time."
Robert Coles carded a 66 to finish sixth on six under, while defending champion David Lynn finished three under after a final-round 70.
Peter Baker, from Tettenhall, finished two over par despite a closing round of 69, still considerably better than Robert Rock's six-over-par 286 total.