Padraig Harrington took the positives from his second round at the Irish Open despite potentially missing the cut due to a cruel lip-out on his final hole.
Harrington's putt for par on the 18th skirted along the fringes of the cup before somehow failing to drop, leaving him on six-over for the tournament.
It looks likely that the cut mark will be five-over, which would deny the Dubliner the chance to play over the weekend.
"I was just happy to be out there to be honest," he told RTÉ Sport afterwards.
"It's a pity. It's going to be one [shot] too many by the looks of it. I didn't take my chances early on and then got a few swirling winds, didn't chip very well. I played a lot better than my score, but these things happen.
"It's fine. There was some good stuff at times. I'd always take positives from it. My short game was poor - it's normally my strength. That can be expected when you've not been out playing.
"I second-guessed myself a few times on a few shots. That's the sort of thing that goes away with play."
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Harrington hadn't played a tournament in six months but the Ryder Cup captain didn't rule out competing in 2021, despite having the delayed battle against the USA on his agenda. Europe will head for Whistling Straits next September.
"I'll play a full schedule... obviously depending on... there's lots of outside influences at the moment," Harrington added.
"We'll have to wait and see with regards to how things change, but I still have my card over in the States. Whether I want to go and travel there I don't know. We'll have to wait and see. It really is a week by week thing."
On an upbeat note, Harrington aired his pleasure at being named an honorary member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews..
An ambassador since 2011, he was inducted into the exclusive club on Friday with Catriona Matthew, Ernie Els and Nick Price.
"It does mean a lot to me," he said. "I've had close ties to the R&A over the years. Winning the Open Championship caped that off, but I would have played on R&A teams all the way back to '88.
"I've been an ambassador for the R&A so I'm thrilled now. It's kind of gone full circle. I'm flattered by the names who are already honorary members, and who are named there today as well. It's a really nice accolade."