Fowler flying high
Victories do not come much more impressive than that achieved by Rickie Fowler - last year's joint runner-up at The Open - in the Players Championship.
The 26-year-old, not even on the leaderboard entering the closing stretch at Sawgrass, produced an eagle and four birdies in the final six holes for a 67 which matched his closing round at Hoylake a summer ago.
That still was not enough, though. Fowler was caught on 12 under par first by Sergio Garcia, with whom he shared second place behind Rory McIlroy in the last race for the Claret Jug, and then by the relatively unknown Kevin Kisner, who narrowly missed a putt to triumph on the final green.
The trio went into a three-hole play-off and after repeating their earlier birdies at the short 17th the two Americans eliminated Garcia, then returned to the same hole for sudden death and, entirely fittingly, Fowler made yet another two for the biggest win of his career.
Back into the world's top 10 as a result, he can now look forward to next month's US Open and July's Open Championship at St Andrews - the course where he finished in a tie for 14th on his debut in 2010 despite finding himself 16 strokes adrift of McIlroy after opening with a seven over par 79 - with real optimism that his search for a first major might soon be over.
The sense of achievement was all the greater because just before the PGA Tour's flagship event Fowler and England's Ian Poulter had shared top spot when a magazine asked players to nominate who they considered the most over-rated members of the circuit.
Votes are cast anonymously and taking such a prestigious title in such style was the perfect response to whoever had named him, of course. "I laughed at the poll," Fowler said afterwards, "but yeah, if there was any question, I think this right here answers anything you need to know."
It could not be denied that one victory in his previous 141 Tour starts, albeit achieved with a play-off birdie against McIlroy at the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship, was a meagre return for someone who had been such a star in amateur golf.
But in the four majors of 2014 Fowler finished fifth, second, second and third and with the Players Championship - often referred to as the sport's unofficial fifth major - now under his belt who knows what might follow.
The same is true for Garcia, still major-less 16 years on from just losing out to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship when he was only 19.
Since then the Spaniard has had 18 more top 10 finishes in golf's four biggest championships, eight of them at The Open, where he finished joint runner-up with Fowler last year, has reached number two in the world with tournament victories around the globe and has helped Europe win five Ryder Cup matches.
In 2008 he captured the Players Championship in a play-off. This time he lost it in a play-off. But the way he played in the face of some heckling spoke volumes for his character and showed that his best may yet be to come as well.