The World Golf Champion-ships enter their eighth season at this week's match play event here - and at long last, Paul Broadhurst is part of the action.
Both four and five years ago, the 40-year-old Atherstone-based former Ryder Cup star was fighting for his future at the European Tour qualifying school and wondering what he would do if he did not survive the ordeal.
At the second attempt ,he did make it back on to the circuit, however, and now Broadhurst is part of the elite 64-man field at La Costa competing for a first prize of £745,000.
He is one of 17 Europeans taking part, but the only one making his WGC debut. It is a story of triumph over adversity, but the experience did not feel very special on his journey across the Atlantic this weekend.
"I left home at 11am on Saturday and got here at 4pm Sunday," said the Warwickshire player, trying to shake off the effects of jetlag.
"I sat on the plane at Heathrow for four-and-three-quarter hours before they announced they were cancelling the flight because of computer problems.
"I ended up going back home, but then getting up at 3.30am on Sunday to drive back to London and have another delay of one hour. Then, when we got to Los Angeles, the connecting flight to San Diego was delayed for an hour, as well.
"Because I have not played for two weeks, the plan was to get out early and get some work done but I did not have time to do anything on Sunday and my first practice round was a bit of a shocker."
In the 64th and last spot in the world rankings at the cutoff point last week, Broadhurst is the 62nd seed because of the withdrawals of Sergio Garcia and Thomas Bjorn. While avoiding Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh cannot be a bad thing, he still has to take on No 3 seed Retief Goosen in today's opening round.
Amazingly, apart from an unofficial event in Ireland more than a decade ago, this is the first time Broadhurst has played match play since 1991 - when he made his only Ryder Cup appearance, winning both his games at Kiawah Island, then represented England in the Dunhill Cup.
He has played only a few tournaments in America and his only two majors other than the Open, where he equalled the major record with a 63 at St Andrews in 1990, were the US Open and US PGA nine years ago.
Broadhurst dropped off the European Tour and had to resurrect his career at the school. His victory in last April's Portuguese Open was his first for ten years, he earned more than £625,000 for 22nd place on the Order of Merit and, after being second to Henrik Stenson in Qatar last month, his world ranking is at what he thinks is an all-time high.
If he can climb into the top 50, it will open more doors and he is also in tenth place in the Ryder Cup race.
It would be a brilliant achievement to earn a second cap, 15 years on. He said: "You have got to be playing all the big events to have a chance and I am not in a lot of them yet.
"I have asked for an invitation to the Bay Hill Invitational (in Florida next month), but I don't know whether I will get it.
"It all gets so much more complicated when you play well! When you are a bit lower down the rankings, you just get the European Tour schedule and decide where you want to go." ..SUPL: