Sergio Garcia put a smile on the face of Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam by winning the first qualifying event for next year's match.
The 25-year-old Spaniard, who has lost only three of 15 games against the Americans since his debut in 1999, chipped in at the short 16th hole and parred the last two holes to finish 14-under-par and one shot ahead of Sweden's Peter Gustafsson at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.
But a week that earned Garcia £193,277 has also landed him back in trouble with the European Tour. Not for the first time, he faces a possible fine for a show of temper.
After three-putting the 17th for a double bogey six in his third round, the world No 6 kicked an advertising sign as he went to the next tee.
Tournament director David Probyn said: "Any breach of normal golfing etiquette is frowned upon and not acceptable. When incidents are reported to us, as this has been, we look into them and deal with them."
At the World Match Play at Wentworth in 1999 - the year he turned professional - Garcia was reprimanded and warned about his future conduct after slipping on a tee, taking off the offending shoe and kicking it, almost hitting referee John Grant.
In the Open championship at St Andrews the following summer, he was reported for slamming a club into the turf after his ball finished in a divot.
But worst of all was the 2001 Greg Norman International in Sydney. He was penalised for taking a wrong drop when leading the event and in his fury hit a golf buggy and a tree with his sand wedge before criticising chief referee John Paramor.
The European Tour has a policy of not announcing the size of fines, but Garcia was thought to have been fined £5,000 then.
Nevertheless, as far as Woosnam is concerned, this was the perfect start to the 12-month race for places in his team.
Garcia is one of the players who makes more appearances in America than in Europe and it would be a real bonus for the side if he can qualify rather than need one of the Welshman's two wild cards.
He dedicated the 15th win of his professional career to a 24-year-old friend in Tenerife who died of lung cancer on Friday night.
"It was a tough day, it was a big hit to my head when I found out," he said. "I wanted to play well for her and her family and I think I almost tried too hard.
"I was a bit concerned on the back nine, but on the 16th I think Maria, all the way from the skies, helped me."
Gustafsson, who lost a play-off for the Spanish Open in April but had not had a top 30 finish since, threatened to spring a surprise when he closed with a joint best-ofthe-week 64 to move to 13-under-par.
But last year's qualifying school winner was forced to settle for second place when Garcia safely parred the 17th and 18th after his chip-in birdie on the previous hole.
Paul Casey, his summer slump behind him, had also caught Garcia with a back nine run, but he bogeyed the 16th and in the end finished third, one ahead of defending champion Luke Donald and Welshman Garry Houston.
Casey, who had an eagle and seven birdies but also four bogeys, said: "Overall I am very happy. I can't be too frustrated. I feel I am getting back to where I want to be."
Donald, who stayed with Garcia, said: "The finish was disappointing. Sergio's chip at the 16th was game over and if I wasn't going to win I am glad he did."
For Houston, fourth place matched the best finish of his tour career and secured his place on the circuit for next season. He started the week 126th on the Order of Merit and 433rd in the world.
Atherstone golfer Paul Broadhurst finished joint ninth on eight-under to earn a cheque for £22,342. After a third round 71, Broadhurst carded a final round 69, which brought three birdies and one bogey, to leave him six shots behind Garcia.
Robert Rock, from Lichfield, slipped to one-over overall, a final-round of three birdies and four bogeys in a 72 left him tied for 56th.