Shane Lowry got a few things off his chest in a pub pep talk with his coach on the eve of The Open Championship and that allowed him to turn up the next day and fire a brilliant 67.
The Irishman felt he had a few issues with his game having practised around Royal Portrush Golf Club this week so headed down to the nearby Bushmills Inn with coach Neil Manchip to thrash a few things out.
Whatever was said clearly did the trick as despite admitting he still felt uneasy as he arrived at the first tee on Thursday morning, he walked off the 18th green at four under.
“I don’t feel like practice went unbelievably well this week. I felt a little bit uncomfortable,” he said.
“We went for a coffee yesterday down at the Bushmills Inn and we found a little quiet room, we had a great chat for about 40 minutes.
“We just put everything out in the open, everything out on the table, what could happen, what might happen.
“I left that room full of confidence and ready to go. I was probably as nervous as I’ve been in quite a while on the first tee, almost ever, I’d say.
“It’s the British Open, it’s in Ireland, I’m playing well, I feel like I should come up and do well.
“I’m sure there’s plenty of golfers standing on the first tee feeling uneasy. You wouldn’t be human if you weren’t nervous or uneasy about playing in the biggest tournament in the world.
It’s the British Open, it’s in Ireland, I’m playing well, I feel like I should come up and do well - Shane Lowry
“I just hope I’m nervous on Sunday afternoon out there. It’s right where you want to be, and you have to tell yourself that when you’re there.
“Where would you rather be? Would you rather be here or sitting at home watching on TV?”
Lowry was two under through five and picked up another two shots either side of the turn to go top of the leaderboard early in the day with his best opening round in a Major Championship.
“It’s my best round by about eight shots. That was nice,” he added. “It was nice to shoot a good score and hopefully I can go out and keep at it the next few days.”