He threw his ball into the crowd before launching his cap in triumph.
He then ran his hands through his hair and puffed his cheeks almost in disbelief.
But Eddie Pepperell had done it – he had won his first European Tour title.
The Abingdon golfer held off compatriot Oliver Fisher on the final day to win the Qatar Masters and claim his first tour title at the 129th attempt.
Pepperell admitted it required mental strength to get over the line, although he did proudly acknowledge being in a ‘bad’ state the following morning.
He shot a 70 in the final round to finish on 18-under par for the tournament, one shot clear of the fast-finishing Fisher.
The 27-year-old had not exactly launched into 2018 in blistering form, but that takes nothing away from his sublime achievement.
“To pull it off is amazing,” a jubilant but composed Pepperell said.
“What a day. I felt good all day, I felt comfortable.
“I didn’t feel that comfortable with my swing but I was in a great place mentally and I kept telling myself that I’m going to win this.”
He added: “This will give me confidence. When you win, you know you can win.
“I’ve always felt and believed I will win out here but it hadn’t happened before today.
“You’ve always got to take that step and that’s uneasy but at some point in everyone’s career they’ve got to do something for the first time.
“Hopefully this is not my last.”
Pepperell compiled stunning rounds of 65, 69 and 66 to begin the final round in a share of first place.
He opened up a three-shot lead at the turn, although an impressive fightback by Fisher meant the pair were separated by just a single stroke as they went up the par five last.
Fisher could have forced a play-off but missed a birdie putt from 10 feet on the 18th.
Pepperell won €236,315 (around £210,000) for winning and sits 13th in the early season Race to Dubai standings. He is not in action this week.