Robert Rock has only once pocketed a bigger cheque than the £45,000 he yesterday won for finishing tied for 16th at Hoylake.
That was when he finished tied for fourth place at the British Masters and won almost £60,000 at the Forest of Arden three years ago.
The young Midlander is privately disappointed with himself for not building on that good week since. But, after the way his nerve stood up so well playing in front of the huge galleries at Royal Liverpool to become the second-highest British finisher behind Anthony Wall, Rock is even more determined to build on it.
"I certainly plan to be in contention a lot more often after this," said Rock, the 29-year-old from Stafford-shire, who made his name at Lichfield-based Swingers Golf Centre but is now attached to The De Vere Belfry. "I feel like I ought to get close. But I just haven't been putting four rounds together.
"It's getting a bit boring going out early on a Sunday morning, having just made the cut and being completely out of it. But this was a bit different. I've not felt as nervous as that before but I was pleased with the way I coped with it."
Rugeley-born Rock had dropped away on Saturday lunchtime when, going out in the fourth-last pairing, he had gone to the turn in 38 on his way to a one-over 73. But he battled back with three birdies on the back nine and he resumed well with three more on yesterday's front nine for a 33. This time he did feel the strain, bogeying 12 and 13, but he then held it together well, parring the next four before the final-hole birdie that earned him his second-biggest pay day as a pro - and which will go a long way to keeping next year's tour card.
"I felt quite a lot of pressure on those last few holes," Rock said. "Not so much because it's the Open but because I knew it could make a big difference to where I am on the Order of Merit.
"It would have been nice to have played the last few without that in your mind, so that you can try to press for birdies without worrying about any consequence.
"But I'm quite proud of the way I've played. I knew people were writing me off and Saturday was a disappointment.
But I feel I played well today and deserved a couple better, as the flags were tricky out there and it was a bit windier too. I hit the ball well but just could not get my putter going."
Had he holed with a 20-foot putt for eagle on the 16th, Rock would even have tied with Wall as the top Brit on 11th. But he missed the one coming back, too, to only manage a par.
Rock's Open debut last year came at the home of golf, when he tied 67th, but he will not forget his second Open in a hurry.
"I had slightly higher hopes after those first two rounds of 69," he said. "But it was still a great week.
"To be just inside the Top 20 is a good finish for me and the crowds have been fantastic. People were shouting for me all day and it was certainly a nice feeling coming down the last."