Justin Rose, who grew up in Hook in North Hampshire, says claiming his 10th PGA Tour golf title as the world's number one makes it "something special".
The 38 year old held off the challenge from Australian Adam Scott to finish two shots clear on 21-under-par at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Golf's world number one says winning a tournament this early in the season is a real bonus:
"It just affords me some patience now.
"I don't have to chase points and I can work on my game.
"I can build my schedule around the majors and hopefully build from here."
The title means he's become the most successful Englishman to play on the US professional golf tour.