Glover stands tall to overcome sentimental hopes
The golfing world was nearly turned upside down, we almost drowned in tears of emotion - not the rains - but in the end a PGA Tour journeyman was crowned a major champion.
David Duval couldn't quite give us a winner ranked nearly 900 in the world, Phil Mickelson couldn't quite get over the line - again - at a US Open. Five runner-up finishes for Lefty now, for Duval an utterly unexpected return to golf's top table.
But no one would have predicted Lucas Glover as the winner when this elongated week began. Anyone who says they did is surely speaking with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.
The 29-year-old from South Carolina was last man standing and to come home on a breezy US Open course in level par was just the sort of golf that wins US Opens.
Mickelson had charged into the picture by birdieing the hardest hole on the course, the 12th, and then eagled the 13th. But in the end he dropped shots on two of the last four holes. Those bogies cost him a play-off.
It was in the three-time major winner's hands and he let it slip. It wasn't an "I'm such an idiot" capitulation like Winged Foot in 2006, but he'll still be kicking himself all the way back to California.
Duval swung so impressively for much of the final round and seemed to be pressing the accelerator at just the right time with three birdies in a row from the 14th.
All this after his triple bogey at the short 3rd when he plugged under the lip of a greenside bunker.
Duval's tee shot at the 17th came up just short and despite the clinging rough from which he was playing, he chipped well. It looked a good putt too, until it horseshoed out.
The golfing gods had been smiling on him until that point but he still had a brave but unsuccessful shot at birdie at the last.
Given the weather - we've had frogs in fairways this week - maybe it was written in the stars that a Fisher might win? Well, that was a thought as he eagled the 13 to move to within a shot of the lead.
The big-hitting Brit just couldn't hole the crucial putts when he needed to. His three-putt at the 17th was the result of being bold with the first one up the hill.
Crucially, he has felt the heat of the back nine at a major for the first time and there will be more chances. He joins Paul Casey and Lee Westwood as potential British major champions. His two bogeys in the last four holes show he's not quite ready yet.
His time will come.
And it most certainly has already for Glover. Full credit should go to the likeable American for keeping his composure down the stretch.
He possesses a wonderful swing and his technique is sound. Now he knows that he has what it takes between the ears and that's a fantastic 15th club.
How he copes with the inevitable spotlight that will follow him as US Open champion will be perhaps the most significant factor in his career going forward.
It's also interesting to note the tenacity of Tiger Woods despite being uncharacteristically let down by his short game this week. How he will rue the four shots he squandered at the end of the first round. How many shots did he lose by? Four.
A final thought, it was great fun sending updates at twitter.com/iaincartergolf. My 5 Live colleague Jay Townsend also got involved at JayATownsend and we're sure to continue the service wherever possible.