Ten years on from a memorable victory secured with a brilliant seven-iron approach to within inches of the cup on the 72nd hole, Micheel returns to Oak Hill ranked 1,040th and having not earned a single penny in 2013.
The 44-year-old has missed the cut in all four of his events on the PGA Tour this season and four more on the second-tier Web.com Tour, withdrawing from another event after an opening 77.
His win in 2003 remains the last of his career - and the only one on a major golf tour - but Micheel is enjoying being able to relive his career highlight with friends and family in upstate New York.
"I guess had you told me that when I hoisted that trophy on Sunday night and I went back to my hotel, if somebody had whispered in my ear that you're going to become a non-exempt player on the Tour and you're going to be a non-exempt player on the Web.com Tour, I would have told you you were crazy, or thought I was dead or retired," said Micheel, who keeps the famous seven iron in a box in his house.
"It's been frustrating I suppose. (After) the shoulder surgery I had in 2008, I just don't swing like I used to. Even to this day, I don't get my arm up, I can't get it to where it was.
"There were some adjustments that I had to make and I wish I would have taken more than a year to come back. I just wasn't competitively ready.
"But I think nothing that's happened to me is really unique. I think a lot of guys can relate some personal stories that have maybe affected the way they do their work. Unfortunately my work is just out there to be dissected.
"It just got to the point in the last couple of years that I just don't think I've worked hard enough for it. 2010 was just a year that I was playing for my mom. She survived for a year and a half with cancer and died October 21, 2010. In 2011 I just didn't have anything. I didn't have the drive.
"But I enjoy sharing my story and sharing my emotions about that particular day (in 2003). I relive that moment a lot and to be able to share that moment with my wife and kids will be something that I will never, ever forget.
"My nine-year-old and six-year-old are not really sure why I want to get all these pictures made, but it's for me. I'm anxious to show them where I had one piece of history I guess."