The Open 2012: Luke Donald matches best Open finish
World number one Luke Donald matched his best Open finish to end up top Englishman again, while Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter found his form on the final day at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Donald's closing 69 left him tied with Graeme McDowell for fifth, emulating his effort at Turnberry in 2009.
He made three back-nine birdies in five holes, interspersed with bogeys at 10 and 12, to pick up a £195,000 cheque.
Pouter's highlight was an eagle two at the second, as he holed his approach.
The Woburn-based, Hitchin-born golfer also carded two birdies to finish level par for the championship - tied for ninth.
And, having finished seventh at the Masters, that earned a second top-10 finish at a major in 2012.
The highlight was his early eagle on the par four 481-yard second, which brought the house down at Lytham and a big smile to his face.
Luke Donald World number one
“I'll leave this week knowing that my game is definitely good enough to win majors. And that's a big step forward for me from the US Open”
"I had 202 yards to the hole," said Poulter. "And I hit a "hold-up" five-iron and had to contend with a right to left wind."
As for Donald, barely a month after a first-round 79 led to him missing the cut at the US Open, he already has his eye on his next major challenge, the US PGA at Kiawah Island on 9 August, preceded next week by the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio.
And he remains confident that his day will come in a major.
"Unfortunately I didn't hole enough putts," Donald told BBC Sport. "But I'll take a lot of positives away from this week.
"Certainly I'll leave this week knowing that my game is definitely good enough to win majors.
"And that's a big step forward for me from a few weeks back from the US Open.
"Even being somewhat in contention, having the crowd really behind me, it's a special feeling.
"There's nothing quite like walking down 18 with the crowds cheering you on and really behind you.
"I can only imagine what that would be like with a one‑shot lead. And hopefully I'll have that opportunity one day."