Phil Mickelson was overjoyed after winning the USPGA title by a single stroke for his second major triumph.
"This has been an absolutely amazing week. It has been so much fun," said the American, who won the 2004 Masters for his first major victory.
"When I hit the second shot I knew I needed a birdie to win.
"I have struggled out of the rough this week but I remembered a few of the shots I hit as a kid in my backyard," explained the 35-year-old.
Mickelson's victory means he overtakes Ernie Els as the world number three.
But the left-hander, who led the championship from start to finish, revealed it had been one of the most challenging events of his career.
"Right now I just want to enjoy this victory. It was hard-fought.
"I think it was one of the most stressful tournaments for me because I was on the lead or tied every night.
"There was an extra night thrown in there for good measure. It was a very stressful week," he said.
On his way up the 18th fairway, Mickelson tapped a plaque commemorating Jack Nicklaus' one-iron to the green that set up a winning birdie to take the 1980 US Open.
"I just wanted some good karma, some good positive thoughts," explained the left-hander.
"'Hey, Jack Nicklaus hit a 1-iron on the green from here. It can be done. Just make a good, solid aggressive swing.'"