Some players keep their aspirations hidden from view but Jason Day is not one of them.
An emotional Jason Day reflected on the deep sacrifices made by his mother after claiming his first major title, the US PGA Championship, on Sunday evening in Wisconsin.
The last major of the golfing year is routinely the most exciting. Just because the US PGA Championship lacks the history of the Open or the allure of Augusta National, its compelling nature should not be understated. So it has proven again on the banks of Lake Michigan.
This cannot have been the scene Rory McIlroy dreamt of when ploughing through five weeks of tiresome recuperation from a snapped ankle ligament. Standing in Lake Michigan, right trouser leg rolled up, attempting to save par on the 5th hole at Whistling Straits. Hardly glamorous stuff.
A football match with friends may have cost Rory McIlroy the chance to defend the Open Championship but he has firmly dismissed any suggestion of halting extra-curricular activities to protect his golf career.
Carnoustie 1999, Turnberry 2009, Whistling Straits 2010.
Beware the golfer with a point to prove, let alone one who has already won two major championships in 2015.
The most stark warning yet regarding the challenges Rory McIlroy will encounter on his return to action at the US PGA Championship has arrived from Tiger Woods.
Concern relating to participation in golf is at odds with a recurring sense of theatre attached to the sport’s top level. Joined-up thinking might even explore opportunities to link the two.
There are two sure signs to look for when a golfer is succumbing to the pressure of a big occasion.
An escalating legal row between the membership of Wentworth and the Chinese owners of the club may impact on the European Tour, with questions now being raised over the staging of the BMW PGA Championship at the club in May.
The biggest loser from Paul Casey’s decision to preclude himself from Ryder Cup inclusion is not the biennial event.
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw wants Rory McIlroy to win the 2014 Ryder Cup for Europe.
It does not require Hercule Poirot to determine where the focus will be during the opening two days of the HSBC Championship. The grouping of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy should at least ensure peace and quiet for the other 123 members of the field.
Tiger Woods has not been close to winning a major in five years. That should tell the “golf experts” a great deal. But it doesn't.
The most bleak prognosis yet regarding a return to competitive golf for Tiger Woods has arrived from the man himself.
Jordan Spieth’s latest triumph has only heightened the sense of comparison with Tiger Woods but the 22-year-old Texan is still uncomfortable with such suggestions.
Just as the dominant presence of Tiger Woods was impossible to foresee during his teenage years, so it would have taken an astonishing level of prescience to pinpoint his status when turning 40.
Had Jason Day won the US Open last month, it would have registered as one of the great sporting stories in many a year.
The one that got away, on the 18th green at the Old Course, provided the impetus Jason Day required to end his major drought and, most recently, take his place at the top of the world rankings.
The peak television audience for the final round of the Open Championship suffered a drop of around 75% on last year in the first broadcasting by Sky Sports of the oldest major.
Henrik Stenson’s celebration to mark his Open Championship win may be deemed lavish in certain contexts.
Andrew Johnston made bogey at the Postage Stamp after finding one of the bunkers on the right of the green and made his way to the 9th, low-fiving the crowd on either side of the walkway as he climbed the approach to the tee and keeping his spirits up, but the Englishman knew his moment had slipped away.