Not many professional golfers begin their careers with a million dollar payday. But American Kevin Streelman did.
In only his second season on the PGA Tour in 2009, Streelman won the Kodak Challenge and with a $1-million cheque. The Kodak Challenge awarded the prize for a professional's best cumulative score on 18 designated holes at various PGA Tour events.
It was an incredible start to the career of a man who only a few years before was running around the Whisper Rock Golf Club in Arizona "dodging rattlesnakes" as he tried to save up some money as a caddie.
But Streelman's level head was evident when he publicly declared that the money would go towards helping people who had helped him in his quest to become a professional golfer, especially his and his wife's parents.
"Both my parents and my wife's parents are approaching retirement, so we're going to make sure they feel comfortable and can get some golf in during the next few years", he said at the time.
There was a definite sense that Streelman's Kodak Challenge payout couldn't have gone to a more worthy professional.
After graduating from Duke University and watching his friends make their way to the boardrooms of Wall Street, Streelman headed for the fairways and turned professional in 2001.
He went through three cars as he logged over 500 000 kilometres criss-crossing America playing the various tours.
"I was chasing my dreams, driving aroundin my own car, saving up as much money as I could. I didn't have anything. I didn't have a house; I had my Altima, which had a couple hundred-thousand miles on it, and just a dream and a work ethic."
He worked his way through all three stages of the PGA Tour's qualifying school in 2007, and had to birdie four of his last five holes to make it through the first stage right on the number.
At the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines, Streelman came through local and sectional qualifying and opened with a three-under-par 68 to share the lead after the first round.
But he fell off the pace thereafter to finish tied 53rd as an injured Tiger Woods produced a famous victory over Rocco Mediate in the playoff.
This year he won the Tampa Bay Classic, becoming the fifth first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.
He also finished tied second in The Players Championship, tied third in the RBC Heritage, tied sixth in the Wells Fargo Championship, and tied 10th in the Humana Challenge to finish 13th on the FedEx Cup standings.
It follows a 2012 season in which he had three top tens on the PGA Tour.
But he's never been one to forget where he's come from.
And clearly neither has the club he caddied for. When he started making a name for himself, Whisper Rock invited him to become a member. And then Streelman won the club championship. So in a few years he went from caddie to club champion. And now he's a PGA Tour winner.
But the Kodak Challenge victory remains close to his heart for a reason beyond the prizemoney.
"It will be neat to tell my kids that at least I have one trophy Tiger will never get", he said.
And if he wins the Nedbank Golf Challenge, he can add another.