Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell ended two years without a win after taking out the World Challenge by three shots on Sunday.
McDowell, 33, had taken out the World Challenge in 2010 when also won the European Tour Golfer of the Year award - shared with Martin Kaymer before two years without any major silverware.
However, McDowell ended that run with a three-shot victory from playing partner Keegan Bradley in California.
“I’m just over the moon to kind of get the job done,” McDowell told reporters.
“It’s been too long. Its been a hell of a two years since I sat here as a winner, and we all put winning kind of up on a pedestal as the ultimate goal.
“Keegan really pushed me today. He played great, and we really separated ourselves from the field and kind of made it the matchplay-type vibe.”
McDowell said the win capped of a tough year where he had grown tired of talking about his lack of victories.
“It’s been too long. It’s been a hell of a two years since I sat here as a winner,” McDowell said.
“We all put winning up on a pedestal as the ultimate goal. We like to say that it’s all about the process and going through the motions and trying to get better. But let’s be honest. We all measure ourselves by the win. I can say that now.
“For two years, I’ve been saying things like
processes' and trying to get better’ and
be patient' and hopefully the wins will come.’ So I’m just relieved, really.
“I guess I got fed up with telling everybody that I’m playing well. I’m relieved to get across the line and take some nice confidence into this little off period I’ve got coming up.”