Tony Jacklin said last week that Europe can go on to build a new era of dominance in golf, using Graeme McDowell's superb US Open victory as a spur.
It's a lovely thought; and Bunker Mentality would be the first to hope that such a thing comes to pass.
But as good as McDowell's victory was, watching Justin Rose blow his healthy final-round lead in the States this weekend was a loud, clear warning not to get too carried away too soon.
With the dust having well and truly settled from Pebble Beach, the overriding memory is of just how good Northern Ireland's new Major champion was at closing out victory when the heat was on during the climax.
The fact that he finished off so brilliantly only served as a reminder of how lacking most players are at doing so.
It's an interesting conundrum. Players such as YE Yang, Rich Beem and Michael Campbell have bested Woods coming down the stretch at Majors; but the likes of Ernie Els and Lee Westwood have never managed to do so.
Phil Mickelson has; but it took him a decade of under-achieving before he started to get the hang of winning the big 'uns.
So what of Westwood, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and co? The players who should be leading the new European domination?
Most seem to have trouble finishing their dinner; the odd win here and there shows their incredible talent, but where are the six-wins-a-year players like Faldo used to be? Like Vijay Singh was five or six years ago? Or like Woods has been for over a decade?
Far from McDowell's win suggesting an era of success for Europe, it only goes to show how far so many of our brightest talents have to go before they can truly carve out niches in history.
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Tiger Woods's odds have been slashed for The Open - but even at 3/1 he seems like good value to win the Claret Jug again.
The world number one showed at Pebble Beach that he is still capable of producing the nerve-tingling golf we feared had disappeared.
But it's more than that: The Open is at St Andrews, the course that Tiger has gone on record many times to describe as his favourite in the world, and a place where he has won the tournament on the last two occasions, looking utterly untouchable on both occasions.
To win there would be the perfect way of closing the most sordid chapter of his life; whether he deserves to or not is another matter.
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Quote of the week: "This week I'm here to win," said Ryder Cup skipper Colin Montgomerie as he teed up in Munich for last week's event. Monty was buoyed by shooting a good round in Open qualifying to earn a spot in the field for St Andrews - but a torn calf muscle put paid to his challenge at the half-way point. Monty has now gone more than three years without a top-10 finish anywhere in the world.
Good news of the week: Bubba Watson finally getting over the line and winning a tournament. The monster-hitting left-hander is one of the longest and greatest ball strikers in the game today - let's hope his victory opens the door to greater success.
Shot of the week: Scott Verplank's eagle from the sand in the final round of the Travelers Championship was a cracker, but Bubba Watson's wedge to within inches on the first play-off hole made it look tame by comparison: