Scottie Scheffler hailed Tiger Woods' resilience despite the golf great enduring an Open Championship to forget at St Andrews.
Woods carded a disappointing,six-over par 78 in his first round on Thursday, leaving himself with plenty to do to make the weekend.
The 15-time major winner could not muster up a good enough second round, however, with his 75 meaning he missed the cut at nine over. He appeared to be wiping away tears as he received a huge ovation from the crowd on his way to the 18th hole on what could be his last professional visit to the home of golf.
Scheffler had no such issues as the 2022 Masters champion carded 68, meaning he was one shot off the lead when he headed to the clubhouse.
When it was put to Scheffler that Woods might well have made his final Open appearance at St Andrews, the world number one was quick to stress the resilience the 46-year-old has shown across his career, not least to return to top-level golf after sustaining serious injuries in a car crash in February 2021.
Scheffler told reporters: "I don't know if this will be Tiger's last one here. He may have spoken about it a bit.
"But he's a pretty resilient guy and he loves to compete. We'll see what he has in store for us the next few years.
"Any time you can see that guy out on the golf course, especially the Old Course, it's really special. For us as players, to have him around is pretty cool.
"When he got in that car wreck, didn't know if we'd have him back. Just to have him out here playing golf is pretty special for all of us."
Woods was the last player to win both the Masters and The Open in the same year – back in 2005 – though Scheffler is well in the hunt to achieve that feat in 2022.
"No, to be honest with you, I'm just here trying to do my best and put myself in position," the 26-year-old replied when asked if he had thought about such an achievement.
"Thinking about prior wins isn't going to help me play good this week. Just trying to stay in the moment and hit some good shots."
That composure and mentality is something Scheffler is planning to take into his final two rounds.
"For me, just coming in like I usually do and try to do my best, not overthink things and focus on the task at hand," he said.