There was no animated bat-waving in the direction of the press box, no release of pent-up fury at all the speculation about his position as England captain when Andrew Strauss acknowledged the applause for his half-century.
Who knows what the next four days at Augusta National will bring, but we all can be sure that the 2012 Masters is the most anticipated major championship for years.
The anticipation and excitement are all but tangible in British rowing, with the Olympics less than four months away.
After another gruelling day in the Sri Lankan sun, England were still clinging on to their hopes of retaining their world No1 status on Tuesday, battling back late on the first day to give themselves a fighting chance of winning the second Test.
Rory McIlroy did not win the 2012 Masters on Tuesday but he took a significant step towards the prize, spring-cleaning away the final wreckage from that infamous afternoon last year when his frailties were exposed.
Great Britain and Australia took their team pursuit duel to a new level in qualifying at the World Championships here, with the GB quartet of Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andy Tennant and Geraint Thomas the fastest by a whisker.
Ernie Els has been there and done everything, from winning major championships to accumulating more money than any man could ever desire.
Three-time Champion Jockey, rider of over 500 winners and an ex-Question of Sport captain, here are a few more facts about the irrepressible Frankie Dettori
Mo Farah should “run a mile” from Alberto Salazar because of the doping allegations made against his renowned coach, according to the European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey.
Frankie Dettori is looking forward to riding favourite Golden Horn in Saturday's Epsom Derby, but expects a familiar foe to challenge him for the crown.