Marc Leishman says being paired with Tiger Woods on multiple occasions this year is a compliment and show of confidence from golf's top brass.
Two months after contesting the opening rounds of the Masters in Woods' group, Leishman will tee up alongside the 14-times major champion again at the US PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National in Maryland this week.
Far from feeling extra pressure, world No.18 Leishman, who won twice on the US Tour last year, welcomes the added attention he'll face at TPC Potomac, where Woods is the event's host.
"I think it's a really good opportunity for me to show what I've got while all the cameras and focus is on our group; I'm really pumped for it," Leishman said on Tuesday.
"It's a big compliment from the PGA Tour to pick me as someone they think can not just handle Tiger's massive crowds and the pressure, but also be a good addition to the group who plays well."
Leishman, who already owns six top-20 results including two runner-ups this season, said he won't feel jittery while playing with 79-time US Tour winner Woods.
As a rookie, Leishman first played with Woods in the final group on Sunday at the 2009 BMW Championship - when he finished runner-up to Woods, eight shots back.
"I don't really get nervous on tour anymore," 34-year-old Leishman joked.
"Each time you play with Tiger you become accustomed to the things that make playing with him different to other golfers."
The Quicken Loans National is Leishman's final event before next month's British Open, where he boasts three top-six results from the past four editions - including a 2015 playoff loss to Zach Johnson at St Andrews.
"I'm motivated to put 100 per cent into this week knowing it's the last time I'll play competitively before two weeks off and then heading to Scotland," Leishman said.
He feels he also has unfinished business this week after his fifth placing here in 2017.
"Last year at this event feels like one that got away; I had a chance to win and I didn't capitalise."
Leishman will be joined in the field by fellow Australians Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones, Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling and Cameron Percy.
On a comeback from spinal fusion surgery, 42-year-old Woods is the only player on the US Tour currently ranked inside the top-10 across the 'strokes gained' categories of tee to green, approach play and around the green.
World No.8 Rickie Fowler is another big name at TPC Potomac, having tied for third last year.