Travelers Championship winner Marc Leishman says he did not expect his first PGA Tour victory to arrive two hours after finishing his final round.
Leishman, 28, began well down the standings at the TPC River Highlands, but a timely eight-under-par 62 saw him reach 14-under overall for the event in Cromwell, Connecticut.
American Charley Hoffman led the field approaching his final two holes, but a double-bogey at 17 and a bogey at 18 cost him three crucial shots.
Hoffman had to settle for a share of second alongside US Masters champion Bubba Watson, while Leishman was able to begin some unexpected celebrations two hours after walking off the course.
"It's an incredible feeling, I didn't think I would be in this position when I started this morning," he said.
"This isn't the way I thought I would pick up my first win, but I'm not complaining. I'll take a win any way I can get it."
Ironically, it was Leishman who endured difficulties at the last two holes during the third round on Saturday.
And without knowing they would prove Hoffman's undoing a day later, that disappointing finish drove Leishman, the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year in 2009, to make amends.
"Yesterday I doubled 17 and bogeyed 18 and it fired me up to really go out and do some damage today," he said.
While Hoffman left it late to throw away his opportunity, the overnight leaders struggled throughout, with Englishman Brian Davis and American Roland Thatcher both carding even-par final rounds of 70.
Leishman, who climbed 19 places to top the leaderboard, had time to kill before discovering his fate, with a sudden-death playoff looming on the horizon.
"The wait was the hardest part, you don't really get too nervous out on the course," Leishman said.
"I got something to eat, watched some soccer and then put the golf on. Then I hit some balls and putted.
"I'm glad that turned out to be a practice session and not a warm up session."
Hoffman did not hold back when dissecting his disastrous finish to the competition, with a third PGA Tour victory slipping out of the 35-year-old's grasp.
"Just got a little quick on 17, it's a tough tee shot for me," Hoffman said.
"What I did on 18 was pretty pathetic. Fanned the drive out to the right, pretty poor second shot, pretty poor bunker shot and even worse finish.
"All said and done, a bad finish and a bad taste in my mouth, but you learn from it."