YOU can learn a lot about a sportsman on unproductive days, as we did about Garrick Porteous when he headed home to Morpeth from the Open after signing for a 77 and an 11-over total.
With the US Amateur at Brookline the next big tournament on his schedule in three weeks’ time, the 23-year-old Bamburgh Castle player is taking next week off.
He said: “I am exhausted and I am going to chill out.”
By which he meant hefty work-outs in his gym in the garage at his home rather than slumping in front of the telly. Not his style.
Asked what he had gleaned most from playing alongside Martin Kaymer and Jason Day for two days, he replied: “Their demeanour.”
Porteous added: “Whatever happens on the course they don’t get excited or despondent. They just get on with the next shot and keep everything on an even keel.”
Which was how Porteous dealt with the media after his round, looking every questioner in the eye and taking it all calmly in his stride.
When pressed, he conceded: “Yes, that is how I feel I play the game myself.
“I did not feel out of place out there and it won’t affect me in the US Amateur, it will be nice playing in conditions in which the ball stops!”