Nick Dougherty yesterday vowed to play golf with a smile on his face in this week's Scandinavian Masters - after receiving a ticking off from his father.
Dougherty, 23, was frustrated to finish 12th in Hamburg last week after going into the final round just three shots off the lead, and that frustration was obvious to anyone watching back home on television.
"I spoke to my Dad afterwards and he was disappointed," Dougherty, who won his first European Tour title in Singapore earlier this year, told the Press Association.
"He said it's the first time this year he's seen me look hacked off and I was, it was really getting to me.
"I want to make sure every time I play I enjoy what I'm doing no matter what the outcome. There are times when you can't be laughing and joking when you've just made a double bogey, but you don't let it get to you.
"You take it on the chin and move on and look forward to the next time you're going to make a birdie. That's what I'm concentrating on this week, enjoying it again.
"I could have finished top three or top four if I'd got the most out of myself mentally and I didn't. It's a shame because I was in great shape going into the final round."
Results are vital at this time of year as the former Walker Cup star is desperate to qualify for next month's USPGA Championship - the final major of the year.
The top 100 in the world rankings are traditionally invited to take part and Dougherty is 93rd.
Victory in soggy Stockholm - where yesterday's pro-am was cancelled after 180mm of rain fell on the Kungsangen course in the past few days - would assure the 23-year-old Liverpudlian of a place.
A place in the world's top 50 guarantees entry into all the major championships and lucrative WGC events, enabling players to pick and choose their schedules for the year.
"With the Ryder Cup coming up next year I need to be in the bigger events otherwise you're under pressure to play well in our smaller events to keep up," added Dougherty, who has committed himself to an exhausting run of tournaments around the globe between now and the end of the season.
"I'll be a little more picky next year but I'm young and if I go about my business the right way - when I'm not working I'm resting now rather than going out and burning the candles at both ends - I've got a lot more energy conserved.
"And with the training I do I feel like I give myself the best chance of playing more events but still being in good shape. I think I'll recognise if I start to get fatigued and I can ease off."
Dougherty's Walker Cup team-mate Luke Donald has not returned to defend the title he won in Malmo last year, so the main challenge is likely to come from 2003 winner and world number seven Adam Scott.
A quartet of Midlanders - Robert Rock, Paul Broadhurst, David Park, Peter Baker - are also in the field. They are joined by last week's winner Niclas Fasth and his fellow Swedes Jesper Parnevik and Joakim Haeggman and Mark Hensby.
Any further rain could lead to similar delays to last week when the entire first day's play was washed out, but Scott said: "I think they made the right decision by postponing the pro-am and keeping
the course in as good a condition as possible.
"I haven't had the chance to look at the course so I'm going from my memory of three years ago. It's good for me to hit some balls and work on my chipping and putting after taking last week off."