After closing with 4-under-par 34-34=68 to post 14-under 274, a first European Tour trophy somehow eluded Ryan Fox after his putt to extend the play-off against Russell Knox horseshoed out and left him runner-up on a dramatic final day at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
Fox and Knox produced as many twists as Dr Seuss envisioned, going back and forth in a thrilling final day, and while it was Knox (stay with me) coming out on top, Fox didn't have many complaints as he claimed second and the $1.1 million New Zealand dollars which came with it (€ 665,614).
The pair played the same hole again, with Knox holing from an nearly identical position while Fox missed his birdie chance from about 12 feet. Although Fox would invariably bring it to a playoff, this was an equally spectacular effort. I've done it before in the USA on the last hole, 12 feet.
'I've already holed this one, so how hard can it be?' said Knox, jokingly, to his caddy James Williams.
"It was it was my time this week and I feel very lucky".
"That's why you play golf, to hole a putt like that on the last hole".
Six shots off the lead at the start of play, Knox made the ideal start with an eagle at the par five fourth, where his fabulous approach finished 8ft from the flag.
While missing out on the ultimate goal, Fox did get a handy consolation prize, with his second place finish booking him a spot in the Open Championship - his third appearance in the last four years.
"But I was able to hit a good shot and get on the green, which I was thrilled with".
All three hunted down Van Rooyen.
McIlroy chances at Shinnecock Hills last month should have been boosted by a lengthy spell of preparation on Long Island, the 29-year-old renting a house in the area for two weeks and making the trip east immediately after finishing in a tie for eighth in the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.
And Knox heads to this week's Aberdeen Standards Investments Scottish Open eager to win at Gullane ahead of teeing-up a week later at Carnoustie.
"To make that team, you have to win tournaments".
Asked if he felt capable now of going on to win The Open, he said: "I do actually".
In terms of the Irish on the field, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry were best placed, both on 2 under, 12 shots off the victor.