Shane Lowry clinched his best finish since last November's DP World Tour Championship when he tied for 12th behind an imperious Dustin Johnson in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.
Like Graeme McDowell, who finished a shot behind him in a tie for 17th, the Offaly man closed with a three-under 69 to inch his way up the FedEx Cup standings.
He's now 159th — still well shy of the top 125 — but 13 spots higher than he was when he missed the cut in The Open and split with his caddie after just one round there.
With his brother Alan on the bag, Lowry looked at ease and played as well as he's been threatening to do all year long.
McDowell also showed signs of good form and moved up eight places to 143rd in the FedEx Cup heading to the Barracuda Championship in Reno this week as the top guns tee it up in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron.
Seamus Power is 123rd after missing the cut in Ontario.
Lowry had three birdies and three bogeys as he went out in level par. But he picked up three shots in his last six holes for a three-under 69 to finish a season's best, tied 12th on 14-under.
That was nine shots behind Johnson who won his 19th PGA Tour title — and his 10th in 44 starts — by three strokes from Whee Kim and Ben An on 23-under after closing with a 66.
Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Jiménez rekindled the spirit of the late Seve Ballesteros when he captured The Senior Open on the Old Course at St Andrews.
The flamboyant Spaniard (54) made a clutch 12 footer for par at the 17th, then closed with a four for a three-under 69 and a one-shot win over defending champion Bernhard Langer on 12-under par — 34 years after Ballesteros claimed the Claret Jug following that now famous 72nd hole birdie.
"It’s amazing to win here at St Andrews," Jiménez said. "It’s a place where so many people want to win and where Seve played so well in The Open. Now my name is part of history.”
Paul McGinley came home in 40 and tied for 18th on two-under after a 75 with Des Smyth 64th on eight-over after a 74.
At the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, England’s Richard McEvoy (39) birdied the last to claim his maiden win and become the first player to win on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour in successive weeks.
He closed with a 73 to win by a shot from German amateur Allen John, Swede Christofer Blomstrand and Italian Renato Paratore on 11-under par.
Masters champion Patrick Reed faded to tied ninth after a 73 with Bryson DeChambeau a shot further back after a triple bogey eight at the 18th saw him shoot 78.
The Netherlands' Darius van Driel (29) claimed his maiden Challenge Tour win at the inaugural Euram Bank Open in Austria, closing with a three-under 67 to win by a shot from Scotland's David Law on 17-under.
Dubliner Paul McBride picked up €846 after he shot a level par 70 to tie for 46th on three-under with Ardglass' Cormac Sharvin tied 53rd on one-under after a 74 and Ballymena's Dermot McElroy 64th on four-over after a 77.
Leona 11th in Albany
On the Symetra Tour, Leona Maguire finished tied 11th in the weather-reduced Fuccillo Kia Classic of NY in Albany.
She closed with a second successive three-under 68 to finish four strokes behind American Kendall Dye on six-under-par as Stephanie Meadow shot rounds of 69 and 70 to share 30th place on three-under
Meadow remains second in the money list race for ten LPGA Tour cards with Maguire not 71st after just four starts.