If Ian Poulter is eventually to retire as a Ryder Cup icon rather than a major winner, he will not lose too much sleep about it.
The county championship gets under way on Wednesday, preposterously early as usual.
A counter to the belief that Tiger Woods' strong favouritism for the 77th Masters is merited could have either a statistical or a psychological body of evidence.
Augusta National is seared in the memories of many as the venue for Rory McIlroy's biggest heartbreak. How poetic it would prove if the Northern Irishman were to reannounce himself as the best golfer in the world at next week's Masters.
At the time it felt like an existential disaster, a blow to the credibility of the Grand National from which it might never recover.
Three weeks after one of the coldest Cheltenham Festivals that anyone can remember, National Hunt racing will reconvene in the north-west of England on Thursday afternoon, still in the warmest of overcoats and with the bitter wind a constant reminder that this is the winter code.
The Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings come under the spotlight.
Johanna Konta had to conquer nerves she thought she had long buried to beat the Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-1 in an hour and 22 minutes in Melbourne on Wednesday and stands one win away from becoming the first British finalist in a slam since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.
LA Clippers star Blake Griffin is likely to miss several weeks with a suspected broken hand after hitting the team’s assistant equipment manager, Matias Testi, during an argument at a restaurant in Toronto.
It was ugly, tense and thrilling – as with nearly every match between Andy Murray and David Ferrer – and for the 13th time the Scot prevailed, exhausted after three hours and 19 minutes on Rod Laver Arena, relieved to be in the semi-finals of the 2016 Australian Open.