At some point English golf must turn its attention towards a new generation.
While Tiger Woods crashes hard in yet another major, Phil Mickelson takes aim at his first US Open. But don’t count out Luke Donald and Justin Rose.
So much for a meaningless event. The theory that Rory McIlroy's claiming of the European Tour's money list before he arrived at the Dubai World Championship would render this tournament irrelevant was unpicked by the man himself. The world No1 carded a first round 66 to lie one shot adrift of the leader, Luke Donald.
Which five sports would Team GB expect medals from if they were included at the Olympiad?
The sun shone brightly over Royal Lytham & St Annes on Wednesday afternoon.
Golf can be a humbling game, though this is clearly not enough for the masochists who run the US Open. They demand humiliation, complete and in public, and they got it on a Friday of carnage at the Olympic Club in San Francisco which saw the scoring head north and Rory McIlroy head to the airport.
Major championships are what matter to Luke Donald, winner of the 2012 BMW Championship on Sunday, but the flagship event of the European Tour is hardly a consolation prize.