(CNN) -- Lee Westwood says his double triumph at the Dubai World Championship was the highlight of his 31-win career.
The Englishman carded a course record eight-under 64 to charge six shots clear of his rivals and seal the inaugural Race to Dubai.
It meant he was crowned European number one for the first time since 2000 and collected a $1.5 million bonus on top of the $1.25 million first prize.
"It's the biggest day of my golfing career, to win this event and polish off the order of merit, I can't put it into words," he told CNN.
Westwood was a prolific winner as he captured his first money list title in 2000, but suffered a loss of form which saw him plummet down the world rankings.
He is now up to number four behind Tiger Woods and delighted those days are firmly behind him.
"I've been through some ups and downs," he admitted.
"Nothing compared to what other people go through, but to drop down to 200 whatever it was, I stopped looking, but to come back and to get into the top 10 and then win the money list is very special," he added.
Westwood started the final day in Dubai with a five-shot lead over his main rival for the Race to Dubai, Rory McIlroy, and was quickly out of sight after a dream start.
"I felt in control all day," he said. "I made a great shot on three which really calmed my nerves and then played really solid golf, hitting it exactly where I wanted and never looked like dropping a shot to be honest."
Westwood will now target his first major win next season after some heartbreaking near misses and hopes a new, more focused approach, will pay dividends.
"I tend to play my best golf when relaxed, but with a purpose The purpose was to come and win this tournament and it all slotted into place."