Being there or there abouts is now Danny Willett’s goal in every event in which he plays.
And today he will tee off in his fourth Open Championship with his game in the best state yet to make a big impression in golf’s most historic tournament.
The Sheffield golfer arrived at St Andrews second in the Race to Dubai standings, with a tournament win and three top ten finishes on his record this season.
Willett’s consistency over the past two years has been excellent, though last year’s Open at Hoylake was a blot on his copybook he is keen to rectify this time around.
“Last year was a bit of an odd one,” he said. “But my game’s in pretty good shape.
“Every week when we pitch up now, we aim to get somewhere near.”
Though producing the best golf of his professional career so far, Willett heads into The Open on the back of two cuts missed.
The first came at this year’s incredibly difficult US Open at Chambers Bay before a disastrous finish to his second round saw his Irish Open challenge ended on the Friday.
Yet the quality of his performances has seen him named as one to watch of the British contingent at the home of golf this week.
Big hitters have generally triumphed at St Andrews in recent Open tournaments while it is Willetts’ shot shaping and accuracy that have become lauded as his profile has risen.
The Rotherham GC member admits he is looking forward to testing his skill on the historic course.
He said: ““It’s always good regardless of how many times you’ve played here,.
“You still stop and have a little look round on 18 when you cross the Swilcan Bridge.
“And it’s all now added to by the extra grandstands which are pretty large at the back of 17 and at the back of 18 and down the side.”
Willett will tee off at 1.12pm today alongside Thongchai Jaidee and Gary Woodland.
Worksop’s Lee Westwood is out at 9.11am with Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed.