Patrick Cantlay was taking little consolation from securing his PGA Tour card for the rest of the season following his near miss at the Valspar Championship on Sunday.
Cantlay finished second in Palm Harbor, one shot behind Adam Hadwin - but that was only half the story.
A former amateur world number one, Cantlay was tipped for greatness when he turned professional in June 2012 but a stress fracture in his back meant his appearance in Florida was only his second since November 2014.
And Cantlay has been forced to battle personal tragedy, after close friend and caddie Chris Roth was killed in a hit-and-run incident last February.
The 24-year-old will no longer need to play on medical exemption after his runner-up finish, although he insists that provides little comfort.
"It [securing his card] is the one positive for this week," Cantlay said.
"It didn't really feel like a burden to begin with. I'm not too worried about that.
"You know, it doesn't really feel like much consolation at the moment. I didn't finish the deal.
"I'm playing really well. My health is good. I feel good. And you know, that's what I love doing out there."