Call it the lost weekend of Tiger Woods.
Andy Murray will be announced this Thursday as the first British tennis player to qualify for the Olympic Games team, a fait accompli for the world No4, who is a medal contender.
Golf can be a humbling game, though this is clearly not enough for the masochists who run the US Open. They demand humiliation, complete and in public, and they got it on a Friday of carnage at the Olympic Club in San Francisco which saw the scoring head north and Rory McIlroy head to the airport.
Trouble lurks on every corner of the Olympic Club course, waiting to shred the dreams of those playing in the US Open and those who would presume to pick a winner in advance.
Even a week before midsummer, the sun had barely crept past the horizon when Black Caviar cantered around the Al Bahathri gallop here early on Thursday morning.
After the premature exit of Andy Murray on Wednesday, the Aegon Championships lost its remaining draw card when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the runner-up to the Scot last year, went out in round three to the unheralded Croat Ivan Dodig.
Lance Armstrong could be stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after the US Anti-Doping Agency charged him and five associates over alleged doping violations.
The German Tommy Haas received a wildcard into Wimbledon on Tuesday, a generous offer on the part of the All England Club.
Stephane Pasquier dispensed high-fives to punters all around the paddock after winning the Grand Prix de Paris aboard Erupt here on Tuesday evening, and was perhaps starting to wonder if he will get a chance to do so again after the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Sir Dave Brailsford believes Team Sky’s computers have been hacked by critics who are sifting through Chris Froome’s performance data for signs he could be using performance-enhancing drugs.