Justin Rose’s US Open win at the lush Merion two years ago may seem insignificant at Chambers Bay, where the second major of 2015 will be played in links conditions.
Rory McIlroy returns to the US Open with a tale of three majors. His Open Championship victory at Royal Liverpool last July is pertinent in respect of Chambers Bay, given it endorsed an ability to win on a links venue.
Golf tends to supply a steady stream of prodigies and at the US Open this week at Chambers Bay another teenager breaks through to the big time.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez has no interest in altering the perception of him and dealing with the surprise that continues to surround the ability of this rich-living 51-year-old to compete in serious golf events.
The latest indication that golf will survive and maybe even prosper without Tiger Woods as a leading contender arrived from the R&A this week.
Whether through external pressure, charity commitments or basic matters of technicality, Rory McIlroy’s Irish Open trouble will linger for another year as he missed the cut.
Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler might appear too young for reflective glances towards their youth, but the reality of this week suggests otherwise.
It looked pertinent in more ways than one that Sir Alex Ferguson took to a London stage alongside the bulk of Europe’s latest, victorious Ryder Cup team last week.
Darren Clarke, Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, has shrugged off any notion of US crowds negatively impacting on the performance of Sergio García at Hazeltine in September 2016.
Had the nerveless Sunday procession in Surrey been carried out by a better-known name than An Byeong-hun, it would inevitably be hailed as one of the finest golf performances of this or many other seasons.
Sergio García believes British crowds at the Open are the best in the world and criticised those spectators elsewhere who make noise against players to put them off.
It was not meant to be this way for Sir Nick Faldo. The Old Course had its revenge on the man who tore it up 25 years ago and, while a valiant valediction was meant to be on the cards this week, these links and the late-afternoon wind had no time for sentiment.
Right until the very end Tom Watson was a gentleman.
Only the second Monday finish in history to an Open Championship is now planned, after severe wind disruption to an already weather-affected event.
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.
Shortly before 6pm there was a changing of the guard at St Andrews, with Sir Nick Faldo waving his farewells to the Old Course galleries from the Swilcan Bridge on the 18th fairway while the three-ball of Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama were all lining up birdie putts on the 1st green.
It would take something extraordinary for Rory McIlroy to claim the victory he arrived at Chambers Bay in pursuit of.
If golfing wisdom is to be believed, Open Championship skills take years to perfect.
Jordan Spieth, the bairn-faced assassin with the guile of a grandmaster, played his first round at the Old Course like it was his 50th.
Billy Horschel was in no doubt.
At 21 minutes past six on Thursday evening, Phil Mickelson was poised to etch his name into sporting folklore. The American had a 16ft putt at the 18th to become the first player to score 62 at a major championship.
This may have to be quite a show. The Open will fittingly begin with Royal Troon’s adopted son, Colin Montgomerie, attempting to fade an iron shot from the 1st tee at 6.35am on Thursday. By the time the third major of the year reaches its conclusion on Sunday evening in Ayrshire, perhaps talk of Rio and golf’s turbulent marriage with the Olympics will be temporarily suspended. One can but hope.