Paul Lawrie is ignoring what he calls "a dangerous road to go down" as he heads into today's opening round.
But this has nothing to do with his daily journey – it is about his bid to return to the Ryder Cup after an absence of 13 years.
Third on the standings with only six weeks to go after this, the 43-year-old said: "A lot of people keep saying 'you've done enough already', but you never know.
"A lot can change. It's just my job to keep my head down and make as much as we can.
"I think until the team list is out on the Sunday night [August 26], apart from the two picks, that's when I'll know I'm definitely in."
If he was to win this weekend or at next week's Open Championship, however, Lawrie could set his sights not just on qualifying, but on winning the qualifying. He is that close.
"It's always the biggest two weeks of the year for a Scottish player," he said.
"It's impossible not to think of the Ryder Cup because it's a huge event and you guys all want to know 'are you in yet, are you in yet?', but mentally I'm just trying to do as I can this week."
Lawrie's debut in 1999 came on the back of his Open victory at Carnoustie that summer.
The Aberdeen golfer was 159th in the world when he came from 10 behind and capitalised on Jean Van de Velde's triple bogey meltdown at the last.
Now he is 31st and has the opportunity this week to move to his highest-ever position. He has to go up only three places for that.
As for The Open, Lawrie is disappointed that since his victory his best finish has been only 42nd. That came at Royal Lytham in 2001 and next week sees the championship back there.
David Duval won that year and Lawrie played with him in the third round. Things were so bunched that while Duval moved up from 35th to joint-leader with his 65, Lawrie's 69 improved his position only to 24th and he followed it with a 76.
On his record since 1999, he added: "I don't feel under pressure to perform in it because I won it before.
"The disappointment is more because it's my favourite form of golf.
"I enjoy bumping the ball in, hitting a five-iron a seven-iron distance on links when it's into the wind. I don't wake up and hope it's blowing a gale and pouring rain, but if it is it is – there's not much more you can do."
Lawrie plays the first two rounds with late entry Phil Mickelson – as he did last year – and also with fellow Scot Martin Laird.
The world No.36, who has been based in America since his college days, was due to have played last week's French Open, but pulled out after the death of his grandfather.
He currently stands 23rd on the Ryder Cup table, his hopes of a debut having been damaged by not being a member of the European Tour last season.
"In the next few weeks I've got two majors, a world championship event and the Scottish Open, which I treat as a fifth major," he said.
"So I've got a great stretch to do something. Hopefully I'll win one."