Marc Warren has experienced some dark times as a golfer so is refusing to get too carried away with his Open Championship chances.
Warren walked off the Old Course this afternoon very much in contention for the Claret Jug after posting his second sub 70 round of the competition.
But it was a different story back in 2010, when the Scotsman dropped out of the game’s elite after losing his European Tour card.
He looked to regain his card by relying on sponsor’s invites and, in 2011 finished fifth in the Dunhill Links Championship, also played on the Old Course, to do just that.
After shooting a second round 69 in difficult conditions to add to his 68 yesterday, he said: “It brings back memories of when I got my card back with it being here.
“I hadn’t really done an awful lot that season, I was stop-start and getting a few invites at the start and then it dried up a bit in the middle of the year.
“But I got a couple towards the end which helped me.
“It’s a totally different side of the game - you’re literally playing for your job and your livelihood.”
Warren was due to be one of the first to tee off this morning while winds and rain whipped across the Old Course.
Play was eventually suspended - leaving the likeable Scot killing time in his car watching comedy show Everybody Loves Raymond.
“I had started my putting warm-up and that was going on a bit longer than normal,” said Warren of his wait to get to the tee this morning.
“I had around 15 minutes until my tee time but was delighted when they said it was stopped.
“I was surprised at how long they stalled for.”
Having come back from losing his card, Warren knows how tough the game can be so is determined to enjoy his time near to the summit of the leader board.
“I’m getting more used to playing in tournaments like this,” he said.
“I feel as if I’m getting close to the top 50 in the world - I’m comfortable.
“My game is in really good shape and I feel at ease on the golf course.”