You have got to be in it to win it, which means Rory McIlroy is already ahead of the game at the Players Championship.
This was not a press conference, it was a cross between a pantomime and a health warning.
Wayne Rooney may have to win a race against time if he is to be present for his debut as a racehorse owner on Wednesday.
Genius is hard to argue against, with its capacity for wonder and surprise.
In the end it was an early-evening procession for Ronnie O'Sullivan, whose progress towards a fourth world championship title was welcomed by the increasingly rowdy full-house Crucible crowd.