Fabrizio Zanotti heaped praise on Matthew Fitzpatrick after the 21 year old claimed his first European Tour title at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.
Zanotti finished two shots behind the Englishman in a share of second alongside Søren Kjeldsen and Shane Lowry after a final round which saw the lead change hands several times.
The Paraguayan held a share of the lead at the turn but looked to have lost his chance as he bogeyed the 13th and 14th before he made birdies at the 16th and 17th to put the pressure on playing partner Fitzpatrick.
The rookie responded by following him in for a gain on the penultimate hole and Zanotti was quick to praise the nerve of the youngest man in the field.
"Matthew played great golf on the back nine so he deserved it big time," he said. "Every time I hit a good shot he hit a good one.
I'm very impressed with him. He's a big champion - Fabrizio Zanotti on Matthew Fitzpatrick
The finish at Woburn was Zanotti's third top five in his last five starts and the 32 year old had few complaints with his own performance.
"I'm pretty happy with all week," he said. "I didn't play good the back nine but it was a good week.
"It's been a great month for me. The last few weeks I've been playing very good so I'm very happy with that."
Kjeldsen was left to rue missed chances as he signed for a second consecutive 69 to finish on 13 under.
The Dane had several birdie chances inside 10 feet as he found the pins with remarkable accuracy but admitted his putting had let him down.
"I played great today, I really did but I struggled on the greens," he said. "As well as I played long game, I struggled as much on the greens.
"I'm extremely pleased about how I played but disappointed about how I putted."
It was a similar story from Lowry who carded a 67 on Sunday but averaged over 30 putts per round despite only needing 25 in the first round, and he was quite clear where he felt he had lost this week.
"It was another good day of playing good golf and holing nothing," he said. "But a lot of positives to take from the week.
"I finished up there, not putting well - woeful putting is the only term I can use. I holed pretty much nothing all week, always hitting it inside ten feet a lot and not making them. It's just frustrating and it's hard. I lost confidence on the greens.
"But my golf is good enough to finish in the top three putting bad, so a lot of positives to take."