Steve Webster, the 30-year-old from Atherstone, Warwickshire, kept his nerve to win his first European Tour victory, by three strokes in the Italian Open at Castello di Tolcinasco, near here yesterday.
Level with ten holes to play, Webster, far from faltering as her may have done in the past, turned on the style. He grabbed birdies at five of them to push Yorkshire's Richard Finch, Welshman Bradley Dredge and Dane Anders Hansen into a tie for second place.
Victory came in his 247th attempt and after a total of five second places and 27 finishes in the top ten. It also came ten years after he beat Tiger Woods to become the top amateur at the Open.
Among the first to congratulate him was "mind magician" Jamil Qureshi. This is the man who is described on a celebrity website as "fresh, cheeky, exotic and imposing, equally at home performing at intimate private shows and performing on stage".
Qureshi, who is now employed to improve the playing ability of a number of players on the European Tour circuit, also helped Nick Dougherty to his first victory in January.
"I've seen him every day this week," a delighted Webster said yesterday.
"He can click his fingers and get a rabbit out of your trousers, but we work on feelings when I've played well and it's all about positives vibes and pre-shot routine.
"It's just a matter of getting the mind right and Jamil can almost put me under."
Webster added: "To win is amazing, really. I started the week pretty confident, but you never know until the weekend how it will go.
"My mind was all over the place today, I did feel I was going to win, but it's so hard to keep concentrating.
"Of course I've underachieved on tour. Ten years is a long time to go without a win and when I look at players who have done well - no names mentioned! - I know I am better than them."