Blaine McCallister, under pressure from Curtis Strange and Payne Steward, put on a gutsy, aggressive rund down the stretch and scored a four-shot victory Sunday in the Honda Classic at Coral Springs, Fla.
There was no back-up, no fade-away, no caution from the 30-year-old who proudly identified himself as "the only touring pro from Fort Stockton, Texas."
With the tournament on the line, he contrived a minor miracle of a par on the 15th, twice challenged the water and went on to a bogey-free, 8-under-par 64.
"These guys are too good to go out there and play conservative," McCallister said of his gambling play.
"There are a lot of guys out there shooting 3-under (par) with tire tracks on their backs from guys running over them," he said after he marched up the 18th fairway with the second victory of his career.
"It's a helluva feeling," said the man who twice lost his tour playing rights for lack of performance. "This is what it's all about. It's hard for me to describe.
"They can talk about the Super Bowl and all that, but golf is an individual game and that's not a team they are cheering for _ that's for one person," he said.
McCallister, who plays right-handed and putts left-handed, won this one with a 266 total, a distant 22 strokes under par and a course record on the TPC at Eagle Trace.
His only other triumph in a six-year tour career was last season in Hardee's Classic, which is played opposite the British Open.
This one was worth $144,000 from the total purse of $800,000 and pushed his earnings for the year to $160,540.
Stewart chipped in for a birdie on the 18th to break a three-way tie and claim second alone at 270.
Strange, the current U.S. Open title-holder, had a last-round 65 and tied for third with third-round leader Steve Pate at 271. Pate had a closing 70.
Dan Pohl was next at 69-272, with Paul Azinger and Tom Byrum tied at 273. Azinger shot 68 over the final 18 holes, Byrum 69.