Marc Leishman was delighted to end a traumatic year on a positive note with victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.
The Australian carded a superb final-round 67 on Sunday to finish six shots clear of nearest rival Henrik Stenson and secure a maiden European Tour title.
Leishman revealed at this year's Open Championship, where he and Louis Oosthuizen were beaten in a four-hole play-off by Zach Johnson, that he had been forced to contemplate retirement from professional golf after his wife Audrey fell seriously ill in late March.
Audrey was placed into a medically induced coma as she battled toxic shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome, but is now on the road to recovery.
Following his end-of-year success in South Africa, Leishman said: "It's been a pretty rough year, so to finish it off this way has been a lot of fun."
Leishman added: "It looked like I was probably going to be done and just be a stay-at-home dad, to take care of my boys.
"So to be able to even play in golf is pretty awesome and obviously to be down there collecting a trophy, you've really got to savour that.
"It's awesome. I hadn't won [a professional event] since the middle of 2012 so to win here is huge. It's been a while and I can't really put it into words at the minute.
"I'm pretty happy to have this year over, to be honest. Audrey got very sick and I lost an uncle who I was very close to.
"This tops off what was otherwise not a great year. Three weeks ago we moved into a new house, so this will help pay for that."