Zach Johnson may not have been many people’s choice to win this longest of Open Championships yet, as the sun finally shone on the Old Course and the tears began to flow, he ended it as the humble champion that warmed many hearts.
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.
The Royal & Ancient has defended its handling of the Open Championship, despite fierce criticism from players and a planned Monday finish for the first time since 1988.
Late on Saturday morning, a little before lunch, a barman carried three cases of champagne in through the back door of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse by the back of the 1st tee. It was, after all, shaping up to be a long afternoon, and so only sensible to lay in some fresh supplies for the members.
Right until the very end Tom Watson was a gentleman.
Only the second Monday finish in history to an Open Championship is now planned, after severe wind disruption to an already weather-affected event.
Old town as it is, of course St Andrews has its ghosts.
Shortly before 6pm there was a changing of the guard at St Andrews, with Sir Nick Faldo waving his farewells to the Old Course galleries from the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th fairway while the three-ball of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama were all lining up birdie putts on the 1st green.
It was not meant to be this way for Sir Nick Faldo. The Old Course had its revenge on the man who tore it up 25 years ago and, while a valiant valediction was meant to be on the cards this week, these links and the late-afternoon wind had no time for sentiment.
If golfing wisdom is to be believed, Open Championship skills take years to perfect.
Long before Jordan Spieth was burdened by constant attention, he had acquainted himself with lofty ambition.
The unfortunate aspect of any move made by Tiger Woods is the instant bellowing from the back of “Why?”
Paul Casey will not feature in next year’s Ryder Cup, with one of the sports longest-running sagas resulting in a surprise decision by the Englishman not to rejoin the European Tour. Casey has cited family commitments for a move that will inevitably raise eyebrows.
Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rory McIlroy – their summer of uncertainty.
Rory McIlroy has responded a fan’s request on social media, offering to send him one of his clubs after the world No3 was asked if he would mind parting with his driver.
If one hole, Rory McIlroy’s second last of 2015, served as a metaphor for the Northern Irishman’s yo-yo season, the subsequent raising aloft of two trophies allowed him to begin an eight-week holiday in celebration.
Ian Poulter, who has afforded himself symbolic Ryder Cup status, believes the United States have made a “smart” choice in selecting Tiger Woods as a vice-captain for next year’s event at Hazeltine.
Last December Bubba Watson released a song for Christmas.
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.
When Jordan Spieth was tapping in at the 18th after leaving yet another birdie putt short to end his tournament at 2pm, the overnight leaders were still completing their final preparations and about to head out to dispute ownership of the Claret Jug for another year.
Henrik Stenson spoke of the inner belief that he would win the 145th Open Championship, with the Swede dedicating the Claret Jug to a late friend after claiming his first major in stunning fashion.
Henrik Stenson clutched the Claret Jug but even then, bizarrely, it was Phil Mickelson, the old black-clad lefty, who dominated our attention.