A day after picking up a cheque for over #87,000 at the European Open, Graeme Storm found himself one of 384 players fighting for 12 places in next week's Open championship yesterday.
And all because of a missed eight-foot putt.
Storm's joint fourth-place finish at the K Club near Dublin was easily his best performance of the season, but if his short birdie attempt on the 18th had gone in, rather than trickled past the edge, he would be in the Open rather than trying to qualify for it.
In the first of the two rounds at West Lancashire, however, the 28-year-old from Hartlepool returned a four-under-par 68 to keep alive his hopes of grabbing one of the three spots on offer there.
Four courses are being used for the final qualifying, brought forward a week this year, and Storm opted for this route rather than the recent European qualifier at Sunningdale.
"I was disappointed last night because I was one putt away from getting in the Open (plus it would have more than doubled his money to almost #180,000), but I've been looking forward to this," he said.
Heavyweight caddie Steve Rawlinson was not as enamoured, though. He was at the course at 6.15am and walked all 18 holes making notes before picking up Storm's bag and then doing it all over again.
Mind you, he could prove a lucky omen. Back in 1991, Rawlinson caddied for Yorkshire amateur Patrick Hall when he won a ten-man playoff at West Lancs and qualified for the Birkdale Open won by Ian Baker-Finch.
There had been only one exempt spot on offer at the European Open and Anthony Wall claimed it with a closing 35-foot putt to take joint second and edge out Storm.