The US claimed the Masters but for Europe there was decent consolation in defeat.
Lee Westwood's major record will be the envy of many. Westwood himself would trade every one of his 10 top-five finishes in golf's four key events for just one moment of glory.
This public pursuit of perfection is in danger of becoming Tiger Woods's epitaph.
There is something about Fred Couples and Augusta National.
There are those who believed Tiger Woods had done it all in golf.
Rory McIlroy began the Masters of 2012 as he had ended it a year earlier.
Who knows what the next four days at Augusta National will bring, but we all can be sure that the 2012 Masters is the most anticipated major championship for years.
Rory McIlroy did not win the 2012 Masters on Tuesday but he took a significant step towards the prize, spring-cleaning away the final wreckage from that infamous afternoon last year when his frailties were exposed.