At some point English golf must turn its attention towards a new generation.
Justin Rose had nine holes with Sir Nick Faldo on Wednesdaymorning, the ghost of Muirfield past and the bloke who is aiming to become the first Englishman to win an Open since Faldo in 1992.
Irish golf supplied proof there is a major championship "ripple effect", one that Luke Donald and his peers hope will now apply to England after Justin Rose's success at Merion last month.
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.
José María Olazábal's position as Europe's Ryder Cup captain has been given a strong endorsement by a key member of his team, the world No3 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.