No-one on the US team has more experience of Le Golf National or European golf than Brooks Koepka, and he’s got some scores to settle this week.
Phil Mickelson was contrite, properly publicly apologetic at last for his “dumb mistake” at the US Open, and enthusing about Carnoustie and the Ryder Cup.
Gregor Townsend says Scotland’s away form is a concern but not the complete focus heading into the first of six games in a row away from BT Murrayfield – and arguably the toughest of them all in Dublin.
Andrew Thomson’s thoughts as he hit a ball from perfect position on the fourth fairway at Rosemount during the quarter-final of the Scottish Amateur Championship were simple enough.
Justin Rose kept a cap on his emotions at his greatest Ryder Cup moment – but he still felt every one of them inside his cool exterior.
All international rugby matters, we are assured; there are no such things as friendlies in our game. Well, today just may be an exception.
After two months spent in virtual hibernation, Howe of Fife Rugby Club emerged into the cold January air on Saturday and started in earnest the long climb back to respect.
Scotland’s Marc Warren played himself on, off and back on to the European Tour all in the space of a crazy hour at Lumine in Spain as he came through the European Tour’s torturous Qualifying School Final with his playing rights intact.
It’s tempting to think that Scotland’s battling victory over France cures all the many ills from Cardiff, but of course they don’t even approach doing so.
National stereotypes be damned, this afternoon’s clash of contrasting styles at the Aviva Stadium might be an indication of where the game of rugby union is headed.