Julian Illingworth, the sole US entrant in the main draw of the Betty F Griffin Memorial Florida State Open, produced the perfect home result by winning the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at the Lifetime Athletic Club in Boca Raton, USA.
The top-seeded 28-year-old from New York reached the 19th Tour final of his career when he beat unseeded South African Clinton Leeuw in the semi-finals.
In the other semi, fourth-seeded Welshman Peter Creed denied 2010 champion Alfredo Avila a second appearance in the final after coming through a 61-minute five-game marathon against the 21-year-old Mexican.
The final was one of the longest matches of the championship, but record eight-time US champion Illingworth edged through to beat Welsh champion Creed – celebrating his fourth final of the year – 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 in 70 minutes.
The triumph marks the ninth Tour title of Illingworth’s career – but his fourth this year.
1 Julian Illingworth (USA) bt  Peter Creed (WAL) 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 (70m)
1 Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Clinton Leeuw (RSA) 11-8, 6-11, 11-6, 12-10
4 Peter Creed (WAL) bt Alfredo Avila (MEX) 13-11, 5-11, 12-10, 4-11, 11-5 (61m)
1 Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Erik Tepos Valtierra (MEX) 12-10, 8-11, 11-4, 11-8 (54m)
Clinton Leeuw (RSA) bt  Yasir Ali Butt (PAK) 11-5, 11-2, 12-10 (39m)
4 Peter Creed (WAL) bt Scott Arnold (AUS) 11-4, 7-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 (70m)
Alfredo Avila (MEX) bt  Shawn Delierre (CAN) 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 4-11, 11-5 (89m)