Jordan Spieth, the bairn-faced assassin with the guile of a grandmaster, played his first round at the Old Course like it was his 50th.
The setting, day four of the Masters and the silent corner that is Augusta National’s 11th tee. The sentiment, an indicator of the ruthlessness of Jordan Spieth.
Sergio García believes British crowds at the Open are the best in the world and criticised those spectators elsewhere who make noise against players to put them off.
Rickie Fowler has turned up this week with all the assurance of a man who is at peace with life and the challenge ahead in what has become his first multiple-win season and one he wants to enhance by carrying off a first major title.
When pressed on the reason for an unwavering belief that he can retrieve his career from such a low competitive ebb, Tiger Woods has a stock answer. “I have done this before.”
Perhaps the vendor in the middle of the Old Course’s tented village was being optimistic.
Jordan Spieth’s preparation for this week’s 144th Open has raised a few eyebrows but Sir Nick Faldo has no doubt that the winner of this season’s two major championships knows what he is doing.
Dustin Johnson is aware as anyone that he really should have won his first major by now, if not much at Whistling Straits in 2010 or Royal St George’s in 2011 then certainly at Chambers Bay last month when a 12-foot putt would have been enough to secure the US Open.
The notion that Tom Watson would readily accept this, the 144th Open Championship, as his final appearance in the event is at odds with his character. Watson may be widely portrayed as a cuddly 65-year-old but he has always been one of his sport’s hardest characters.
Had Jason Day won the US Open last month, it would have registered as one of the great sporting stories in many a year.
Ten days ago, Russell Knox didn’t have a Tour win to his name and wasn’t even in the field for the WGC-HSBC Champions. What followed is the stuff of sporting fairytale.
Overrated, eh? Perhaps Rickie Fowler needed only an anonymous player poll for inspiration all along.
Steve Williams, the former caddie of Tiger Woods, has aimed his latest broadside at the 14-times major winner with the claim that he was treated like a “slave” during the pair’s time together.
The European Tour is giving serious consideration to a radical shakeup that would result in World Golf Championship (WGC) events and majors being dropped as counting events for membership.
When Paul Dunne teed off looking to become the first man from the unpaid ranks to lift the Claret Jug since 1930, winning the Silver Medal would have been seen as little more than afterthought.
Thorbjorn Olesen will remember the Dunhill Links Championship fondly forever.
Tiger Woods will not play golf again in 2015, after undergoing back surgery for the second time in two years. The process, a microdiscectomy, is the same as the one he underwent in March 2014, to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve.
Legend warns to beware the injured golfer. Perhaps the same applies to caddies.
Should he successfully defend the US PGA Championship, Jason Day will not so much have raised questions about the concept of ideal preparation as completely trashed it.
If it seems strange to be speaking of a year’s definition by late July, the nuances of golf’s rescheduled calendar because of the Olympic Games makes it a reality.
The confirmation Tiger Woods will not participate in the US PGA Championship represented little more than an exercise in administration with 2016’s final major lending itself to a multitude of more fascinating storylines.