David Drysdale feels he is yet to do himself justice at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
The Cockburnspath golfer’s best finish to date in his national open was 25th at Loch Lomond in 2005.
Drysdale, however, managed to turn in a great performance on home soil last year.
The 41-year-old was under threat of losing his card before he produced a top-10 finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links championship at St Andrews in October to preserve his status on the European Tour.
And Drysdale knows a good week at the Scottish Open would help prevent him relying on another late surge this season.
He said: “Castle Stuart hasn’t treated me very well over the three years.
“I think I missed the cut both times and then finished 45th but I quite like it. The advantage I have got of hitting the ball straight off the tee is lost there. It is a little bit wide so I hope they have made a few changes.
“It is a modern take on links, a bit like Kingsbarns, and you need some weather to protect it. If you don’t get that weather then players can destroy it.
“My record at the Scottish Open has been decent. I have made the cut most of the time but they were not fantastic finishes.
“I used to love it at Loch Lomond but it is nice to be back on links courses.
“The previous events at Gullane Links and Royal Aberdeen were tremendous and I am looking forward to going back to Inverness.
“I always have lots of friends and family coming to watch so hopefully I can have a good week.”