Davies to the Manor born for Ryder Cup
For most players a first full season on tour is an uncertain business. You're never quite sure for which tournaments you will be eligible. Was last week's finish high enough? Is your position on the money list or the world rankings of sufficient stature? Have your agents secured you an invitation? Is it worth trying to qualify for a major?
These are the sort of questions that usually accompany a rookie year, but not for Rhys Davies. The 25-year-old from Bridgend knows where he is playing for the rest of the year and knows that he will be visiting the greatest venues in the game to contest golf's biggest prizes.
One question that remains is whether the Ryder Cup will be part of that schedule but if he continues in his current vein of form that one will be removed sooner rather than later.
Davies surged through the field in his home championship with a closing round 62 to finish runner-up to Graeme McDowell on the course that will stage this year's clash between Europe and the United States.
Of all the outstanding performances we have seen from the Welshman this season - and there have been plenty - this one stands out because it is no given that you will play at your best in front of your home fans.
There is as much danger of being inhibited by the expectation levels of your own folk as there is of being inspired by them. Davies clearly revelled in the support he received at the Celtic Manor Wales Open.
"The crowds were incredibly encouraging and very enthusiastic but they were also very knowledgeable. I was very much taken aback by how much they appreciated the good shots," Davies acknowledged.
Davies, wearing a patriotic red shirt, surveys a putt during the final round of the Wales Open
What is most striking about the youngster is his maturity and composure. He played the tournament in the spotlight that goes with being a lone home hope. It was magnified by all the Ryder Cup chatter too.
You wouldn't mind a quid for every time Davies has been reminded that Colin Montgomerie would dearly love to have a Welshman in his team come October.
But Davies deflects the attention like a veteran. He knows the value of staying in the moment: "I just really enjoy contending for tournaments. I've just had another great taste of it. I gave myself a chance. Every time I play I want to give myself a chance to win with nine holes to go."
Davies has already qualified for the US Open so his next stop is Pebble Beach and it is that American major debut that now dominates the thoughts of the former East Tennessee State University scholar.
"The rest of the summer I've got nothing but fantastic tournaments on fantastic courses," he said.
It is due reward for a stunning season so far. His surge in Wales provided a second successive runner's up cheque and might have produced a second win to go with his debut victory in Morocco in March but for McDowell's weekend brilliance.
Like Davies, the Northern Ireland man has put himself in the thick of the Ryder Cup qualification race. McDowell is desperate to retain his place in the team and by playing the weekend in 15 under par has proven that he has the measure of Celtic Manor.
"It's certainly a feather in my cap if it comes down to a captain's pick," McDowell noted.
He also believes Davies, with whom he played the first two rounds, could be ready to make his debut come October. But tellingly McDowell also stressed that if he misses out it would not be the end of the world.
"I missed out at the K Club in 2006 and subjected myself to fifteen hours golf a day working with BBC 5 live, which made me all the more determined to make it into the team for Valhalla two years later," McDowell said.
"He's good enough to get on the team. The difference between me in 2006 and 2008 was that I wasn't good enough. I certainly was going to throw everything but the kitchen sink to get on the team in 2008."
McDowell can now target cementing his spot in Montgomerie's side and he will bubble with confidence heading into the biggest period of the golfing year. It begins with Pebble Beach and after that there are huge cheques to be earned at the French and Scottish Opens before arriving at St Andrews for The Open.
Davies will follow a similar schedule knowing he now has a massive opportunity to remove any doubt over the one week of uncertainty that remains in his calendar.