Peter Baker delved into a repertoire that is rarely extended to produce a two-under-par round of 70 on the opening day of the Open Championship at St Andrews yesterday.
You could have composed a little rhyme about him: Peter Baker, great shot maker.
He really did play some great shots of the sort never required on inland courses.
The 18th was a classic example. Baker pulled his drive almost onto the first tee and not far from the fence. He had perhaps 45 yards to the pin and what club did he take? A six-iron.
He bumped the ball all along the ground to about 4ft and holed the putt for his fourth birdie. The pleasure that that shot gave him! And the admiration that it drew!
"Absolutely delighted with that round," he said.
The pleasure stemmed from the sheer variety of shots he was able to play.
"We really should be playing more courses like this."
He had conjured up a rescue shot for his par on the 16th and had done something similar on the notorious Road Hole. He was 15 yards short of the green with his second and took his putter to deliver the ball to within 2ft of the hole.
It was a master class in links golf. And he had, he added, holed some very good putts.
The pin positions were as tough as ever but the greens were good and he agreed he had stayed out of trouble there.
As for the wind, it was a factor but not a hazard. "About a one-club wind, I'd say."
This is the 37-year-old Wolverhampton man's 11th Open in 17 years and now he's got a tied 14th (Royal Birkdale, 1998) to aim at. It was his eighth Open round under par and he is determined to build on it. Which was why he marched from the recorder's hut to the practice range to put in more work.
It's his secret, he said.