Ten years ago he was about to qualify for the Open at Royal Troon but these days Danny Sugrue is happy as the touring professional for Killarney Golf and Fishing Club and playing some great golf.
The 36-year old, winner of the Irish PGA Assistants Championship in 2012, has already been a winner on the PGA Irish Region circuit this year and racked up a string of top finishes.
This week the competition promises to be even greater as he tees it up on the Challenge Tour again having received a sponsor's invitation for the Fred Olsen Challenge de España in the Canaries.
And that should be a perfect warm up for him as he returns to European Tour action in a few week's time in The Irish Open at Fota Island thanks to his performances on the Irish circuit last year.
With Rosapenna's Ruaidhri McGee getting a start on the European Tour in the Lyoness Open alongside Michael Hoey, Simon Thornton, Damien McGrane, Peter Lawrie, Kevin Phelan and David Higgins, there are just three Irish in action at La Tecina Golf on La Gomera with Sugrue joined by Stephen Grant of the Heritage and former British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar.
On the European Senior Tour, Ireland will have four familiar names in the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at Stoke By Nayland in Colchester — Des Smyth, Philip Walton, Denis O'Sullivan and Ronan Rafferty.
On the PGA Tour, Pádraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell return to action in the FedEx St Jude Classic.