Miguel Ángel Jiménez has no interest in altering the perception of him and dealing with the surprise that continues to surround the ability of this rich-living 51-year-old to compete in serious golf events.
The latest indication that golf will survive and maybe even prosper without Tiger Woods as a leading contender arrived from the R&A this week.
Whether through external pressure, charity commitments or basic matters of technicality, Rory McIlroy’s Irish Open trouble will linger for another year as he missed the cut.
Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler might appear too young for reflective glances towards their youth, but the reality of this week suggests otherwise.
It looked pertinent in more ways than one that Sir Alex Ferguson took to a London stage alongside the bulk of Europe’s latest, victorious Ryder Cup team last week.
Darren Clarke, Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, has shrugged off any notion of US crowds negatively impacting on the performance of Sergio García at Hazeltine in September 2016.
Had the nerveless Sunday procession in Surrey been carried out by a better-known name than An Byeong-hun, it would inevitably be hailed as one of the finest golf performances of this or many other seasons.
On a day in which he may have been content to remain in touch with the leaders at the BMW PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy admitted the mental strains of a hectic schedule are taking a toll.
The element of closure around Europe’s latest Ryder Cup triumph appropriately had Paul McGinley, Rory McIlroy and Sir Alex Ferguson as key protagonists.
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.
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.
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.
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 would take something extraordinary for Rory McIlroy to claim the victory he arrived at Chambers Bay in pursuit of.
If golfing wisdom is to be believed, Open Championship skills take years to perfect.
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.
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.
Henrik Stenson clutched the Claret Jug but even then, bizarrely, it was Phil Mickelson, the old black-clad lefty, who dominated our attention.
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.