Colin Montgomerie insists he heads into next week's US Open in confident mood, after he closed out his Wales Open with a "perfect" six-under-par 63 on Sunday.
Montgomerie is determined to end his wait for a major next week
Montgomerie, who has struggled this season, was on the brink of a maiden major win at last year's US Open before he double bogeyed 18 to lose by one.
But, after his showing at Celtic Manor, he said: "I know what I'm doing now.
"I'm more comfortable than I was going to the US Open last year and my appetite is as strong as ever."
Montgomerie's closing round was not enough to contend for the title, following a third-round 73, but it was a welcome return to form for a player who has gone 18 months without a victory - his longest barren run for 16 years.
I've had a dreadful time the last few months, but now I'm feeling good again
"My golf couldn't go on like it was," he said. "Something had to change. It couldn't get worse - not for someone, shall we say, of my ability.
"I've had a dreadful time the last few months, but now I'm feeling good again."
The 43-year-old will now have a further warm-up ahead of the US Open at the BA-CA Open in Austria, with the aim being not to erode the positive feelings gained from his Welsh outing.
The US Open takes place at Oakmont, Pennsylvania, from 14-17 June.