If the roar before Tiger Woods’ first shot said plenty about his enduring popularity, the silence that followed his second said even more about the state his game is in.
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.
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.
Matt Every’s successful defence of the Arnold Palmer Invitational was immediately overshadowed by Henrik Stenson, who vented deep frustration at what he believed to be unnecessary influence from a PGA Tour rules official on the denouement of the event.
The 145th Open Championship has become a private party. The duel in the drizzle, 39 years on from epic events down the coast at Turnberry.
Frustration got the better of Rory McIlroy on moving day and by the end of it he had to find time to head over to the Nike truck by the driving range and get the head fixed back on to the fairway wood he crashed into the ground at the 16th causing the club-head to fly off.
Jason Day bucked the trend on Friday afternoon, completing his round in 70 to be the only man in the second half of the draw to finish with an under-par total.