Gary Boyd has said he feels he is nearing his best form - five weeks before the Open.
The 24-year-old Banbury golfer qualified for Royal St George's by shooting eight under par to finish joint third at .
He told BBC Radio Northampton he was buoyed by his steady second round.
"I got a little excited towards the end, rather than nervous, which is a good sign my game is coming back to better form," he said.
Boyd failed to make the line-up for St Andrews last year and, despite qualifying, did not make the cut at Turnberry 12 months earlier.
So Boyd, whose only professional win came in the 2009 Kenya Open, is turning his focus to preparing for the Sandwich course ahead of the 14 July start.
"I try and take each golf tournament the same, I don't try and change things going into it," he explained.
"But that week is going to be a big week so I'll try and get as much rest to go in and play well.
"I've played a lot of amateur stuff with England down there, so I know the course pretty well.
"It's always been a links course I've played pretty well so I'm actually looking forward to going back down there again."