An is the dashing debutant.
The interest shown in South Korean Byeong-hun "Ben" An when he played in the 2010 Open Championship at St Andrews will be as nothing compared to the spotlight on the 23-year-old when he returns there this July.
Six years ago An, whose parents both won table tennis medals at the 1988 Olympic Games in their home city of Seoul, earned a place at the Home of Golf by becoming at 17 the youngest-ever winner of the United States Amateur Championship.
“It's like a fifth major to me. I wasn't expecting this. I've been playing well all year, but I never thought I would win this event - and I love that I'm the first Asian to do it.”
Now he is back as the first Asian player to triumph at the European Tour's flagship BMW PGA Championship - and what a victory it was at Wentworth.
Against a field which included reigning Open and USPGA champion Rory McIlroy, US Open champion Martin Kaymer and two other former holders of the world number one spot in Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, the 132nd-ranked An finished on a dazzling tournament record 21 under par.
His closing seven under 65, the best round of the day, swept him from joint overnight leader to a six-stroke winning margin over 51-year-old Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee.
Victory on his debut in the event brought with it a three-year Open Championship exemption, a cheque for more than £600,000 and a berth in the upcoming United States Open.
"This is life-changing," said the first player to pick up the title in their rookie European Tour season since Scott Drummond in 2004.
"It's like a fifth major to me. I wasn't expecting this. I've been playing well all year, but I never thought I would win this event - and I love that I'm the first Asian to do it."
An, who finished joint 26th in last year's Open after coming second in the Final Qualifying event at Sunningdale, took centre stage after a remarkable week at the Tour's headquarters.
England's Tommy Fleetwood, who came joint sixth, made an albatross two on the par five fourth in the third round and there were a tournament record five holes-in-one - the one by Miguel Angel Jimenez at the second hole on day three taking him to a Tour record 10 in his career.
While An climbed up the rankings all the way to 54th eight other players qualified for St Andrews by virtue of being in the world's top 50.
Two of them have recent experience of being in contention for the greatest prize the sport has to offer. England's Paul Casey was in the final group on the final day of the 2010 championship and American Brandt Snedeker began the 2012 Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes with rounds of 66 and 64 to equal the record for all fur majors.
Both finished joint third, but another of the eight - South African Branden Grace - knows what it is like to triumph on the Old Course. It was where he completed victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship three years ago.
The others are Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Snedeker's compatriots Matt Every, JB Holmes, Ryan Moore and Ben Martin, the player An beat in the US Amateur final of 2009.