If victory at the Masters in 2016 will always be the greatest of Danny Willett's career, his triumph in Dubai may still be the most significant.
Typically, Willett's success at the DP World Tournament Championship has not arrived without a dramatic element. He went up to the 72th tee holding a lead with two strokes. She just shot her for a nice life on the edge of a water hazard; the player himself thought the ball was wet. Rather, she summed up Willett's last 31 months for being refused an immortal walk to the trophy.
Given the wider context, Willett was unlikely to care. His attempts and troubles since claiming the Green Jacket were linked to a back injury as much as the form. At one point, he slipped to 462 in the world rankings.
When he talked about being in a "very dark place," there was no exaggeration. He sometimes wondered if his career was longevity. Outside, it was a blow; Willett was roughly interpreted as a major miracle, a tone of analysis that mistakenly ignored his progress before the Augusta National events. He even had to resist his brother's unwanted written moves, preparing for his debut at the Ryder Cup. This response, after so many turbulence, was superb.
"It was tough," said Willett. "I'm just proud of myself and of all those around me. You never know when a victory is at the corner and with all the things that have happened, I was never sure if it would happen again.
"We have fought a lot and hard this season to get to the end, no matter what happened today, a better person and a better athlete. It's a special place." It was a lot of things and it's good to you come back ".
An indication may be that Willett arrived earlier. After the fourth round of the lead lead with Patrick Reed, he converted an eagle putter from 40ft to the second. Reed fights; the Masters champion played in front of him nine in two over the hair.
He responded as we expected, with four birdies in six holes in half. The 17th Earth course, as the case often proves, was definitive. As Reed missed the green to the left, where he could only call a four-beat, Willett produced a magnificent iron at 5ft.
The two gave him a breathing space, now two over Matt Wallace, who did not even get that tee shot that could not change.
Willett's 18th player has won a two-time victory. Reed closed with a birdie to share the second with Wallace, the Englishman who enjoyed a European tourist season. Adrián Otaegui, Dean Burmester and Jon Rahm split fourth to minus 14.
One day with multiple prizes, Francesco Molinari was undoubtedly confirmed as the winner of the European tournament merit long before the end of the tournament. Tommy Fleetwood had to win to stop Molinari, but the Race to Dubai defense champion ended with a 71 for a 26th.
In a charming look, Molinari was among the first to congratulate an emotional Willett when she came out of the green.
At the end of a year that saw him crowned the Open champion before his heroic Ryder Cup, Molinari was a perfect winner for the Race to Dubai. "It's incredible," he said. "Now I will have time to sit and relax and think about the last few months. This morning, in the first tee, the announcement of" The Race to Dubai Leader of the Open Championship "does not sound real.
"It's more than I've ever dreamed of realizing. I've seen boys, I think they're better players than me, not winning major and not winning the order of merit." To do these things in one season is incredible.
"You look at the players who have won the Race in Dubai and only the top players did.
"It's a lot because it's a long-lasting race." In a week, you can beat anyone, you can have the perfect four days and win a tournament, but winning something like this clearly shows how good it was the season.
"Ideally, it would have been nice to be here in a better shape and close it in a better way, but I think both Tommy and I are really exhausted after a very long season. I'm very proud.