Padraig Harrington has returned to Royal Birkdale where he sealed historic back-to-back Open Championship wins nine years ago and is hoping to channel the spirit of '08 at this week's Open.
The Dubliner was excellent that year as his performance crescendoed with a four under back nine which saw him finish four strokes ahead of England's Ian Poulter.
"I really do have good memories of 2008," recalled Harrington at the Southport course this afternoon.
"It was a real big win for me at the time. Obviously I had won in Carnoustie [in 2007] and Carnoustie was very exciting but I kinda messed up the 72nd hole at Carnoustie so always left a little something wanting.
"It was nice to come back here. I think I won from the wrong side of the draw. I was in the last group Sunday. I played great, I swung the club great, I hit a great shot on the 71st hole.
"I did everything you kind of dream about doing as a kid to win a major and it was a very satisfying feeling to get my second major here, a second Open Championship so yeah, great memories."
Harrington has come into some excellent form ahead of the third major of the year with a fourth place finish at the Scottish Open in Loch Lomond.
The Rathfarnham native led the field heading into the weekend before a disappointing third round 79 from which he bounced back with a superb 66 on the final day.
He also played well in patches in Portstewart at the Irish Open and is hoping that his good vein of form when he gets underway on Thursday morning.
"Obviously this week, yeah it's interesting this week. I've come in, in a bit of form so I have one eye on playing decent golf and contending, trying to contend.
"I have another eye on enjoying the week because I am, not quite defending, but coming back here again and making the most of it because these good feelings don't come around that often.
"So I have a few things to do this week and try and manage my way around so that I [have] minimum stress, minimum amount of work so that I'm fresh for the 72 holes of golf."
The two-time Open champ tees off his first round on Thursday at 9:36 and is paired with Thomas Pieters of Belgium and American Pat Perez.
Darren Clarke is the first Irishman out at 9:25.
Shane Lowry will start alongside American duo Brandt Snedeker and JB Holmes at 10:20 while Rory McIlroy tees off at 2:48 with world number one Dustin Johnson and 2011 Masters champ Charl Schwarzel.