Lee Westwood came from behind to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday, overturning a three-shot deficit at the start of the final round to deny Sergio Garcia a wire-to-wire victory and Louis Oosthuizen success at his home tournament.
But the vanquished Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen were far more than just his minion employees as they both shot under-par on the final day and produced efforts they could be proud of, despite falling short.
Westwood won back-to-back Nedbank titles in 2010-11, before the event was part of the tour, but hadn't tasted victory on the European Tour since April 2014.
It would be Westwood's powerful closing nine of 31, though, which would see him eventually establish the three shot winning margin.
Westwood fought back tears as he told Sky Sports: "I'm a bit emotional to be honest, you're never sure whether you're going to be able to do it again". Still got it, I guess.
"A little bit relieved".
Kuchar finished at two-under 69 to end on 22-under 262. I made a nice par on one, and a great three wood on the second to about three feet.
"I played good golf, I attacked nicely and I made a lot of birdies, I made a good run at it".
"From the get-go today I couldn't do anything really, but I quickly realised that it was a day to not play myself out of contention."I had to take pars with the wind all over the place and I was very glad to finish level-par". I was just trying to hit fairways, stick to my game-plan and hit it in the right places. To hit the shots I hit down the stretch, it was just nice to prove it to yourself every now and again. "The seven iron into 17 was one of the best shots I have ever hit, definitely in the top three".
"It's been brilliant. She's caddied twice for me this year and we lost in a play-off in Denmark and we've won here".
The Nedbank Challenge also had repercussions for the Race to Dubai, with Rory McIlroy, Li Haotong and Lucas Bjerregaard now all officially out of the running to be crowned European No. 1 next weekend at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.