Ernie Els, back as Open champion, remembered both his nine-year-old autistic son and former South African leader Nelson Mandela at Royal Lytham on Sunday night.
Els spoke with the Claret Jug alongside him while arrangements were being made for a helicopter flight back to London to see his son Ben and the rest of his family - a big change from 12 days earlier when he flew on Easyjet to the Scottish Open.
"I made a lot of putts with Ben in mind because I know Ben's watching," the 42-year-old South African said. "He loves when I hit golf balls - he's always there. He comes with me. He loves the flight of the ball and the sound. I know he was watching. He gets really excited and I wanted to keep him excited, so I made a lot of putts for him."
Asked what he would say when they got back together at their Wentworth home Els, who will be playing in the Canadian Open later this week, replied: "I don't think I'll need to say anything.
"He's got his sayings and he'll be happy. And obviously (daughter) Samantha will be there right next to him and (wife) Liezl - it's going to be a great time to see them.
"Ben's coming through now nicely. I mean, you guys should see him. He's a wonderful boy now and he's a bright boy, so we're going to have a lot of fun."
Since revealing Ben's condition four years ago the Els family have put all their energies into fund-raising and are hoping to open a multi-million pound centre in Florida soon.
On the tribute to Mandela in his winner's speech, Els said: "A lot of the Olympic theme this year has got President Mandela in it, so he's been very much in my thoughts.
"Believe it or not, this morning I was lying watching cricket and I was just kind of day-dreaming and that thought came through me in a split second.
"If I win, I told myself, I'd better thank President Mandela because I grew up in the era of the apartheid and then changing into the democratic era President Mandela was right there. Right after the change I was the first one to win a major, so there's a lot of significance there in my life."