Circumstances had combined to strengthen Lee Westwood’s case for Ryder Cup inclusion even before his form in marquee events which suddenly renders an appearance for the Englishman at Hazeltine in September as a no-brainer.
Eddie Jones has ruled out any prospect of him coaching the British & Irish Lions next year, despite having guided England to an unprecedented series win over the Wallabies.
Dustin Johnson has admitted survival from one of the most high-profile rules incidents in golf made the claiming of the 2016 US Open all the more special.
Andy Murray won a record fifth title here, coming from a set down to still the impressive challenge of Milos Raonic in two hours and 12 minutes on a mild, grey day that did not reflect the tension on court – and off it.
Andy Murray had a lot of friends at Queen’s on Saturday, none more loyal than the green stuff on which he teased Marin Cilic for just under two hours to reach the final of the Aegon Championships, where he will face Milos Raonic, who defeated Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4 in the other semi-final.
Even in context of the dramatic narrative which encapsulates Rory McIlroy as standard, events on Saturday at Oakmont stood out.
Rickie Fowler has become the latest high-profile golfer to cast doubt on his participation in the Olympic Games. Fowler, speaking immediately after a missed cut at the US Open, cited security and the Zika virus as ongoing concerns.
Eddie Jones has challenged his record-breaking England team to complete a 3-0 whitewash of Australia following their series-clinching 23-7 victory in the second Test in Melbourne.
Perhaps the golfing gods will smile upon the honest man.
Despite forming part of a beaten European team and in a sentiment that will be widely shared, Rory McIlroy has suggested a Ryder Cup win for the USA at Hazeltine was a positive outcome for the future of the event.
The spectators tightly packed in the temporary grandstands along the 1st hole had been there for hours by the time Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed walked to the opening tee for the top singles match at 11.04am local time on Sunday, waving American flags that volunteers had distributed from brown cardboard boxes, sucking down Budweiser tallboys and gyrating to the Guns N’ Roses and John Cougar Mellancamp and Tom Petty that blared at ear-splitting volumes from the loudspeakers overhead as the sun climbed slowly over Lake Hazeltine.