Martin Kaymer insisted his belief in his own game never wavered despite plummeting down the Official World Golf Rankings after originally reaching the pinnacle in 2011.
The 29-year-old former US PGA champion made it to number one in the world following four victories in 2010 including his maiden major title, but a changes to his swing saw him fall to 61st before last weekend's hugely significant win at the Players Championship.
In victory, he earned a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour as well as invites to all the majors up until 2016. More importantly, perhaps, Kaymer through himself back into the Ryder Cup picture for this September.
He memorably holed the clinching putt at Medinah two years ago to secure Europe's fifth win in the last six played - and he is desperate to feature at Gleneagles in autumn.
"The belief was always there. I knew I could win a golf tournament again, and it wasn't as traumatic as a lot of people made it to be.
"I knew I was doing the right thing, I just didn't think it would take me this long," he told reporters.
His victory at TPC Sawgrass also saw him join the elite group of Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods as the only players to ever win a major, a World Golf Championship and a Players Championship - some feat for someone still in his twenties.
Hard work and dedication to improving his all-round game have paid dividends, and his caddie told the BBC exactly why Kaymer's back where he belongs.
"He spends hours on the range when he's away from tournament play, back in Phoenix at Whisper Rock and then when's back in Germany with his coach Gunter Kessler.
"His hands can be in some state. You know they can bleed. He was probably at his lowest towards the end of last year. He was really struggling because he still had the really bad shot going left, which he hates," said Craig Connelly.
"He just stripped it down and went back to basics with Gunter. He now knows he can draw the ball when he has to and that's what he's going to do."
With three majors still left this season and the Masters - a tournament he has struggled at in the past - out of the way, the launchpad is there for Kaymer to have a season similar to his one in 2010.
And with a huge victory at Ponte Vedra Beach now in the record books, the German is eager to kick on from his second win on the American circuit.
"It's very easy to be happy now, relax and let things happen. But now it's a time we have to work even harder. I need to sit down and reflect on the last 36 holes because I only shot one-under over the weekend, which is okay, but there was a lot of room to be better.
"We still have three majors left this year, there's still a lot of golf this year that I would to participate on the weekends," Kaymer added.
As one of the most likeable players on Tour, it's great to see Kaymer back competing among the world's elite and he will certainly fancy adding to his one major title in the coming months after re-entering the winners' circle on Sunday.
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