Martin Kaymer reached the top of the world of golf in 2010, winning the US PGA Championship and rising to the top of the rankings.
But several years of struggles followed, so given the fact that he'd dropped as low as 61st in the world, Sunday’s win in the Players Championship marks a renaissance of sorts for the German.
He almost missed out on the $1.8 million (£1 million) pay day - which for many people is a life-changing win - after a double bogey the 15th at TPC Sawgrass trimmed his three-shot lead to just one, but sank a mammoth 29ft par putt on the 17th before parring the brutal 18th to secure the win by a single shot from Jim Furyk.
Did the former world number one celebrate his return to the upper echelons of the golfing fraternity? With a hedonistic party to end all parties? Magnums of champagne while on a private jet? It seems not.
In fact, Kaymer - a player who usually plies his trade in Europe - travelled home after the tournament on a normal plane from a normal airport. The picture below shows that the understated German didn’t let the win go to his head; and actually makes us want to believe that he also took the bus to Jacksonville Airport.
He could have been forgiven for treating himself to a luxury lounge to celebrate his win but Kaymer appeared happy just to get some battery on his iPhone as he sat crossed-legged on waiting for his flight.
Well played, Martin.
I'm being a total creeper but this scene is priceless. Would you believe this guy won $1.8mil yesterday?? Love it. pic.twitter.com/2Py3AraM8p
— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) May 12, 2014
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