Anders Hansen started the day in Surrey, England with a five-shot lead, and kept his advantage intact by days end to cruise to victory in the Volvo PGA Championship.
The unheralded 31-year-old Dane set a new tournament record with his 19-under-par 269 performance. Three-time champion Colin Montgomerie (67) tied Eduardo Romero (68) for second place at 14-under.
I know what it is like to stand here with this trophy and I just want to congratulate one of the up-and-coming stars of the European Tour for his victory and for his record winning total. Well done Anders, said a gracious Montgomerie, who, for the second straight week, battled back pains on and off the course.
Nick Faldo, trying to climb inside the top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking to qualify for the United States Open, shot 69 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth. Faldo entered the week ranked 78th and needed at least a runner-up finish in order to vault the necessary 28 spots. Carlos Rodiles (72) and Michael Campbell (67) also finished at minus 12.
'I don't know about the U.S. Open qualifying yet,' Faldo said. 'I will have to see when I get there. I was going over there anyway.
'Everything comes to an end. If I haven't made it and have to qualify, then I should go and qualify. It's as simple as that.
'I will make a decision tomorrow. But I've got an invitation to the U.S. PGA, which is nice.'
Clearly, however, the story was Hansen. Winless on tour, the fourth-year veteran took his maiden title in definitive fashion.
Leading by five over Rodiles, Hansen showed he would not squander his opportunity, sandwiching a bogey at the third with birdies at the second and fourth holes. He made three bogeys Sunday, but more than offset his mistakes with a quintet of birdies to become the first player in history to make the tours flagship event his maiden triumph.
This is the biggest moment of my golfing career, it is unbelievable, said Hansen, who was congratulated off the back of the 18th green by fellow Dane Thomas Bjrn.
I dont know what this will do for my golfing career but hopefully I can go on to further successes. It was really great to see Thomas there at the end. He has been a good friend to me and I know he is delighted to see what I have achieved here.
Hansen became the ninth first-time winner on tour this season. He moved from 27th to fourth on the Volvo Order of Merit (money list), and earned a five-year tour exemption. He also qualified for this years British Open at Muirfield.
Final results from the Volvo PGA Championship