Phil Mickelson, who went through so much heartbreak on his way to his first major title last year, now has another.
And according to the new 'nearly man', Thomas Bjorn, Mickelson's triumph in the storm-delayed USPGA championship at Baltusrol yesterday will be followed by many more.
After the Dane lipped out from 25 feet on the par-five final green, Mickelson pushed him into his third runners-up finish by chipping to two feet.
As he had at the US Masters 16 months ago the American left-hander, now up to world No 3 ahead of the injured Ernie Els, had achieved his goal with a closing birdie.
"He's not a one-major guy - he's a ten-major guy," said Bjorn, disappointed but not despondent as he was when he blew the 2003 Open from three ahead with four to play.
"Phil led from the first round and he deserves it. He's the fans' favourite, very popular, and great for the game."
Bjorn, like everyone, had watched Tiger Woods's charge through the field to an eventual fourth place, but he said: "You need a rivalry and Phil is going to find it easier and easier to win after this.
"Good luck to him - and don't forget there are three or four others who are just as good."
Twelve players had still to finish when thunder and lightning halted the action on Sunday evening, but on the resumption it came down to three of them - Mickelson, Bjorn and Steve Elkington.
Australian Elkington, who since beating Colin Montgomerie in a play-off for the title ten years ago had fallen to 386th in the world at the start of this season, parred the 16th and 17th holes, but then missed a ten-foot birdie chance on the last.
His three-under-par aggregate, though, ended Woods's hopes of a play-off after he posted two-under the night before.
Then it was Bjorn's turn. He resumed in the rough on the 15th one behind, bogeyed it, but then made a 15-footer for birdie on the 650-yard 17th.
A poor second, however, left him with a tough bunker shot and from 25 feet he then had his agonising near-miss.
So he was level with Elkington and also with Mickelson, who by then had failed to get up and down from a horrid lie in the bunker on the short 16th.
Off a perfect drive down the last, the 35-year-old American, playing his 50th major as a professional, still needed a wood to the green into the wind which had picked up.
Before playing it he took a few paces forward and tapped the plaque commemorating the shot Jack Nicklaus played to win the 1980 US Open.
"I touched it just to get some good karma," Mickelson explained later.
He could not make the putting surface, but his shot from the rough came out perfectly.
"I tried to remember some of the shots I hit in my backyard growing up," he added. " I went in and hit it aggressively."
The season overall, though, still belongs to Woods, with the American claiming two wins, a second and a fourth in the majors of 2005.
He had hung around in the faint hope that the three players ahead of him overnight - Mickelson, Bjorn and Elkington - might come back to him and that Vijay Singh, Davis Love and Retief Goosen would not go past him.
Every piece of that particular jigsaw did not fall into place for the US Masters and Open champion, so he just missed out on becoming the first man in golf history to win three majors in a season twice.
Europe should fear the day Mickelson and Woods get it together in the Ryder Cup.