Sergio García has spent so much time speaking about his dislike of Tiger Woods that the Spaniard has cause to appreciate being back among those he retains a close affinity with at Wentworth this week.
Ian Poulter must not want 2012 to end.
Another Ryder Cup surprise arrived a week after the stunning scenes which surrounded Europe's win in Chicago, with confirmation that Tiger Woods personally apologised to the rookie players on the USA team for his performance.
An emotionally exhausted José María Olazábal has ruled out continuing as Ryder Cup captain, saying there are "eight or nine candidates" who could replace him for Gleneagles in two years' time.
One would have to visit a football ground rather than a golf course to discover the source of the inspiration behind Ian Poulter's Ryder Cup love affair.
Just when it seemed that a golden summer of sport was over and its immortal feats had been consigned to history, Europe's golfers produced one of the highlights of an astonishing year on Sunday by retaining the Ryder Cup with a comeback of epic proportions against the United States.
Rory McIlroy came within 11 minutes of entering the annals of sporting notoriety, after almost missing his tee time for his final match in the Ryder Cup.
Even in the frenzied moment of victory, Europe's golfers had a clear-headed view of how the Ryder Cup was won, and that was on Saturday evening when the team salvaged wins in the last two fourball matches, with Ian Poulter leading from the front.
Medinah on Friday offered a nod to the brilliant fluctuations that make the Ryder Cup unique and, for that matter, so compelling.
Nicolas Colsaerts admitted to having the time of his life after producing eight birdies and an eagle as he and Lee Westwood defeated Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.