A 30-foot eagle putt on the final green at the Barclays Singapore Open made Rory McIlroy the European Tour's youngest money list winner since Sandy Lyle in 1980.
But it was only when 19-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero also eagled the same hole more than two hours later that McIlroy could crack open the champagne again.
Already with the PGA Tour money list in the bag, the 23-year-old world number one emulated the double achieved by Luke Donald last season when Manassero beat South African Louis Oosthuizen with a 12-foot putt at the third play-off hole.
If Oosthuizen had won he could still have caught McIlroy, but instead Manassero became the first player to win three times on the circuit before the age of 20. Not even Seve Ballesteros managed that.
McIlroy, watched during the week by girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, stormed through to third place with a closing six-under-par 65.
"I left myself a little bit too much to do to win, but it was a great way to finish off the round and the tournament," said the Northern Irish star, who still has his defence of the Hong Kong Open and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to come this next fortnight.
The race would still have been alive if either Peter Hanson or Oosthuizen had played in Hong Kong or at this week's South African Open, but they have not entered.