David Law is within touching distance of realising his dream of a European Tour spot, 15 months on from the premature death of his first child.
The 27-year-old is one of four Scots in the top 15 qualifying spots before this week’s Challenge Tour Grand Final.
Law feels his perspective has changed since his son was still-born.
“It was a hard time and since then golf has been secondary to that,” said the Aberdonian. “You start to realise it is not as important as you think it is.”
He told BBC Scotland: “I think it has helped this year having a bit more of a laid-back approach to it.”
Law is currently 12th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, with fellow Scots Grant Forrest (eighth), Liam Johnston (10th) and Robert MacIntrye (13th) also currently in the qualifying spots.
If they remain in the top 15 after the finale at the Al Hamra course in Ras Al Khaimah starting on Wednesday, 31 October, and finishing on Saturday, 3 November, they will secure a place on next season’s main European Tour.
“I would be pinching myself for sure,” Law said. “It would mean everything for me and my family. It has been a dream of mine since I was 15.
“I just need to go out and try and do my best to win the tournament.
“There’s a few things that could happen. I could finish last and be OK. I could finish 20th and not be OK, so the easiest thing for me to do is for me to go out and try my best and finish as high as possible.
“I need to keep my eye on the ball this week and hopefully we can celebrate after.”
-13 T Finau (US); -10 P Reed (US), X Schauffele, J Rose (Eng); -8 T Fleetwood (Eng), A Putnam (US)
Selected others: -7 K Aphibarnrat (Tha), K Bradley (US); -6 J Day (Aus); -5 T Olesen (Den); -2 I Poulter (Eng), A Scott (Aus) A Noren (Swe); -1 P Casey (Eng); +1 B Koepka (US); +4 D Johnson (US); +8 R McIlroy (NI).
Tony Finau takes a three-shot lead into the final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai after Justin Rose faltered towards the end of round three.
Englishman Rose had a one-shot advantage after nine holes but dropped three shots on 17 and 18 for a two-under-par 70 to sit three off the lead.
He is alongside American duo Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele on 10 under.
Finau, who was one of few stars for the United States in the Ryder Cup, ended his two-under round with three birdies.
By contrast, Rose, who could move above Americans Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson to the top of the world rankings with a win, found the bunker at 17 for a double bogey and the water at 18 for a bogey.
Reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood is five shots off the lead alongside American Andrew Putnam.
Englishman Fleetwood had been one off the lead after birdieing the third, fourth and 10th and dropping a shot on the fifth. But he triple-bogeyed the 14th after finding the water before picking a shot back up on the last.
Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy’s problems continued with a 75 and the four-time major champion is tied for 60th on eight over, while Koepka is one over and Johnson is four over.
“I’ve got a world-class field chasing after me,” said Finau, who is searching for his first European Tour win. “This is the position you want to be in and I’ll be looking to close out my first tournament in this position, which is exciting for me.
“I didn’t have a lot going my way for the first half of the day and Rosey was making his run.
“I was just really pleased I was able to finish that way and get some momentum going into tomorrow.”
Television viewers in the United States will be charged a “suggested” price of $19.99 to watch the pay-per-view exhibition between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in Las Vegas on 23 November.
The two Americans will meet at Shadow Creek Golf Course in an 18-hole, winner-takes-all $9m (£7m) event, which was first announced in August.
‘The Match: Tiger vs. Phil’ will be shown the day after US Thanksgiving.
A pay-per-view price for viewers outside the US has not been announced.
The course is expected to be closed to the general public for the event, which will also feature charity side bets on top of the winner’s purse.
According to the programme’s producers, Turner Sports, that could involve Woods or Mickelson “challenging the other to a long-drive, closest-to-the-pin or similar competition during a hole as they play their match, with money being donated to the winning golfer’s charity of choice”.
At present, the US Open delivers the largest winning pay cheque of the four major championships at about $2.16m (£1.68m), though the winner of the FedEx Cup – awarded for an accumulation of points on the US PGA Tour – can expect to earn a bonus of $10m (£7.8m).
Woods has won 14 major championships, trailing only Jack Nicklaus on the all-time list, while Mickelson has collected five majors, and the possibility of a duel between the Ryder Cup team-mates has been mooted repeatedly down the years.
Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick is three shots off leader Patrick Reed after the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Fitzpatrick, who made eight birdies in his round of 67, finished on five under par with countryman Tommy Fleetwood one stroke further adrift in Shanghai.
Masters champion Reed carded a bogey-free eight-under-par 64 to lead by two from fellow Americans Xander Schauffele and Tony Finau.
“It feels great,” said Reed, competing for the first time since the Ryder Cup.
“To be able to come out here and to be the first event back and to feel like I hit the ball really solid. I had full control, especially with how windy it was today.
“It felt really good because if you can go out and shoot rounds like that in these kind of conditions, you know you’re going to have confidence when the wind dies down and there are perfect conditions out there.”
Defending champion Justin Rose carded a bogey on the final hole for a three-under 69, level with fellow Englishmen Ian Poulter and Matt Wallace.
Rory McIlroy had to play a shot with his alternate hand to salvage a double-bogey on the par-four 16th, alongside new world number one Brooks Koepka.
The world number five, beginning on the back nine, sprayed his tee shot near a large trunk giving him no room for a right-handed swing.
The Northern Irishman turned the club face to connect a left-handed clearance on his way to dropping two shots, but recovered well with four birdies on the front nine to finish eight strokes off the pace at level par.