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.”
Carl Froch will not miss the physical and spiritual grind of his calling, nor the aggravation that comes with the deal-making and -breaking, the spats and feuds, that create as much rancour as money – although he was pretty good at that, too.
Stephane Pasquier dispensed high-fives to punters all around the paddock after winning the Grand Prix de Paris aboard Erupt here on Tuesday evening, and was perhaps starting to wonder if he will get a chance to do so again after the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
For all the pre-Ashes talk of sledging at the crease, it is instead the delicate matter of post-match drinks etiquette that has sparked an unlikely war of words between England and Australia.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has dropped its opposition to the idea of the sport being added to the Olympic programme, according to the MCC’s World Cricket Committee.
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.
Should he successfully defend the US PGA Championship, Jason Day will not so much have raised questions about the concept of ideal preparation as completely trashed it.
Roger Federer will miss the Olympic Games in Rio and the rest of the tennis season, including the US Open, in order to recover from knee surgery.
If it seems strange to be speaking of a year’s definition by late July, the nuances of golf’s rescheduled calendar because of the Olympic Games makes it a reality.