Stephen Dodd, perhaps the quietest man on the entire European Tour, has a lot to shout about again after landing the biggest solo victory of his career.
Eight months after sharing World Cup glory for Wales with Bradley Dredge - and six days before his 40th birthday - Dodd did it all on his own this time to win the Smurfit Kappa European Open at the K Club near Dublin.
The Barry golfer, who had ten trips to the tour's qualify-ing school before breaking through in China at the end of 2005, beat England's Anthony Wall and Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara by two after making birdie putts of six feet on the 16th and then a monster of around 50 feet at the par-three next.
Dodd, competing only a few miles from the scene of his Irish Open triumph last year, defied strong winds to return a two-under-par closing 70 and took the £400,000 first prize with a nine-under total of 279.
It is a victory that suddenly revives his bid for a return to the venue for September's Ryder Cup. That appeared to be disappearing over the horizon with him only 90th on the Order of Merit this season.
Dodd stood a lowly 47th on the Ryder Cup table coming into the week, but is now up to 16th with eight weeks left and all of them huge money events.
"I've not given that much thought," he said. "I didn't have a lot of form coming here, but golf's golf and you don't know what's around the corner.
"The Ryder Cup's a long way off.
"Of course I'd like to play. It's everybody's dream to play in it."
Asked what he had planned for his 40th next Saturday, he added: "Hopefully I'll be playing golf at Loch Lomond. Nothing else." The Scottish Open starts on Thursday.
Overnight leader Lara was still ahead with seven to play, but as he bogeyed the next three holes Dodd grabbed his two late birdies.
Even though Lara then birdied the same two holes he was left needing an eagle on the 578-yard 18th to tie, but he drove into sand and had to lay up short of the water.
That gave Londoner Wall a chance to tie for second and he did it in dramatic fashion with a 35-foot birdie putt - one which qualifies him for the Open at Hoylake in two weeks' time.
One spot for the leading non-exempt player was on offer and with Dodd already in the field, Wall took it ahead of Lara by virtue of having the better last day score, 73 to 74.
"I wasn't aware of what was at stake over that putt. I just wanted to make sure I
didn't do anything stupid," said Wall.
"It was an important putt for two reasons - from the money aspect (he earned £208,450 rather than £150,240) and because I no longer need to worry about getting into the Open."
Joint third - and great news for Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam - were Paul McGinley and Lee Westwood as well as Indian Jeev Milkha Singh and Westwood's fellow Englishmen Simon Khan and Graeme Storm.
McGinley and Westwood, members of the last two sides, have gone through horrid recent slumps, but came charging through the field after just surviving the halfway cut.
Westwood still has a lot of catching up to do at 31st, but after missing seven successive cuts this was a huge improvement.
He closed with 67 and 70 and certainly impressed his last day playing partner, American captain Tom Lehman, whom he out-scored by six.
There was one moment for Westwood he did not want anybody to see, though. Trying to make the green in two at the last off a difficult lie he duffed his three-wood.
"That was fairly embarrassing," said the Worksop golfer. "I thought maybe they (the crowd) wouldn't notice the club because it was the perfect lay-up, but then I heard laughing out on the right. My caddie was laughing and then I started laughing."
None of the four Midlanders to play the whole tournament made any impression yesterday. Steve Webster's round of 77 on Saturday put the Atherstone man on the back foot and a much-improved 71 yesterday could not repair the damage as he finished the week at three-over.
David Park and Peter Baker both saved their worst for last, the Hereford golfer adding a 77 yesterday to an opening 72 and consecutive scores of 73, finishing on seven-over. Wolverhampton's Baker joined him on that mark, an ugly 80 yesterday undoing all the good work of Saturday's round, when he was nine shots better.
It was a remarkably upand-down day for Baker, who recorded seven bogeys and two double bogeys yet still managed to mix in three birdies.
Tom Whitehouse finished a further shot adrift after two weekend rounds of 75.