A year after suffering a wrist problem at the BMW International, Paul Waring, the Wirral golfer, finally returned to European Tour action following help from Katherine Butler of London Hand Therapy.
And his refusal to rush his recovery programme after he needed an operation paid immediate dividends as he found himself in contention over the Portrush links.
In the final reckoning, it was Welshman Jamie Donaldson who claimed his maiden Tour title, but there were plenty of positives for the 27 years-old from Bromborough Golf Club.
His opening two rounds were both in the 60s and while a bogey on the last on day three cost him a level par show, he came home in two under on the final day.
His rounds of 69 65 73 70 gave him a total of 11 under 277 and a share of 10th alongside five others, including former US Open champion Rory McIlroy.
“Mentally I had no expectations,” said the former English amateur champion. “I’ve done a lot of chipping and putting, but only started practising fully three weeks ago and played only two rounds before coming here.
“I’ve been bored out of my head and like a bear with a sore head.
“The shooting pain down my arm came out of nowhere hitting a shot at Wentworth. I drove off the next hole and then quit.
“I went to see a hand specialist in London and I can’t thank her enough. I didn’t want to shave time off the end of my career by coming back too quickly.”