This is now, suddenly, a very serious series.
Rory McIlroy is a stranger to adversity, a feted protege who became a gilded teenager who blossomed into a hugely successful professional.
England's team to face South Africa in the first Test on Saturday should encourage junior club players everywhere.
It took a while for Andrew Strauss to focus on the Test, not just because it is a "dead" game; in fact it feels more like a drowned one, so bad is the forecast for Thursday.
Two weeks after his lucky escape from a shark attack, Mick Fanning has donated a $75,000 television appearance fee to Mathew Lee, the surfer who was mauled by a great white in Ballina early last month.
Ronda Rousey wanted to knockout Bethe Correia. So she did.
With Rory McIlroy ruled out, there is a chance for some pleasing golf symmetry as the top spot in the game is up for grabs.