Martin Kaymer's place in the European Ryder Cup team was confirmed as Nicolas Colsaerts failed to dislodge him at Gleneagles.
The German has not had a top-10 finish since April and did not play in the Johnnie Walker Championship, the final qualifying event, even though he could have been left needing a wild card.
Belgian Colsaerts failed to achieve the top-two finish he needed, however, and Kaymer will therefore win his second cap in Chicago next month.
"I am obviously very happy. A little relieved yes, but overall it is just a great feeling," he said.
"I've been struggling for the last few months, but since the USPGA I have made a lot of progress.
"I am starting to feel confidence again, my fade is coming back and the ball-striking is getting better and better.
"You can feel the build-up to the Ryder Cup and that is inspiring me to work harder than ever to get ready.
"The best way I can help the team is to get my own game back to a level where I am happy.
"There was a point where I thought I might not be able to help the team, but I have all the motivation now and I will be ready."
Colsaerts finished tied for 19th, six shots off the second place he so desired.
He never looked like making the climb he required from 13th place overnight once he ran up a bogey six at the long second.
Europe's biggest hitter last season and this would have qualified with a 66, but shot 72.
The main worry for him then was that Rafa Cabrera Bello might win and go ahead of him on the points table, but the Spaniard finished joint 10th and his wild-card hopes, while still alive, appear slim.
"It's been a long summer,'' said Colsaerts. "I've only taken one week off in the last nine weeks.
"It was difficult to play the tournament just like any other one. There was always somebody to bring the Ryder Cup subject up.
"I think I've done everything I could to put myself in this position.''
Asked whom he thought was in the battle for the last two spots - which will be announced on Monday - he replied: "I see Poulter and myself!''
And if he does not get the nod?
"I would feel very disappointed because I gave my heart out. I just don't see a bad ending of this story.''
Rather than flying home for some much-needed rest he is staying overnight.
"It's going to be difficult to sleep. I've got 14 hours to bite my fingers.''
Unless, that is, Olazabal gets in touch sooner.