There's good news and bad news for Tiger Woods.
The good news is that his fall from grace is complete, and things can't get any worse. We know this because even the R&A are now having a sly chuckle at his expense.
And the bad news? When even the R&A are having a sly chuckle at your expense, you know things must be really bad.
The organisers of The Open have paired Woods with Justin Rose for his first two rounds at St Andrews, and make no mistake: within the oak-panelled walls of the R&A clubhouse, they know exactly what they are doing.
Woods could easily have been paired with the likes of Lee Westwood, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Rory McIlroy... pretty much anyone in the top-20, in fact.
Instead, they put him alongside Rose, the hottest golfer in the world at the moment with two victories in his last three tournaments, and the man most likely to make Woods feel the pain of his poor form.
When Tiger tees it up at the Old Course in St Andrews on Thursday morning, not only will he be dealing with his worst run of form since turning professional, he will be doing so in the presence of a player who is, on current form, the best golfer in the world.
For all those who have welled up with Schadenfreude at the plight of the irascible world number once since last November, it promises to be a special moment: Woods's 2010 vintage, a pure bottle of vinegar, offered up alongside Rose's 2010 that is on the way to becoming one of the great Grand Crus.
Only if they had paired him with his arch-critic Tom Watson and arch-enemy Phil Mickelson could the R&A have made the message clearer: it's almost a challenge to the world number one to show some humility.
Yet at the same time it's cleverly done, because nobody could argue that the match-up offers two of the biggest draws in the game going head-to-head.
Bunker Mentality cannot wait to watch the drama unfold. How will Tiger react? On current form he could struggle to make the cut, while Rose should be challenging for the lead.
Yet will it be that way? Among Major championship venues St Andrews is ludicrously forgiving from the tee, something that the wayward Woods has exploited ruthlessly during his victories at the venue in 2000 and 2005.
It's something that makes BM believe that Woods may well click into gear on the course he describes as his favourite in the world. A combination of the track itself, together with his golden memories of those two hot, dry Opens, could see him spark his floundering career back into life.
We half-expected it to happen at Pebble Beach, another of Tiger's favourite courses; and though he failed to fire in the final round in Monterrey, he showed enough in small patches to suggest that his game is still in there somewhere, waiting to burst out.
There's another factor to consider: the dry summer should have baked the course into the consistency of concrete, where irons can be driven over 300 yards and wedge shots can't be stopped within 100 feet.
In 2005 the fairways were actually quicker on the stimpmeter than the greens, which is just how the R&A like it - and Tiger won at a canter, repeating the feat at a similarly bouncy Hoylake the year later.
Simply put, Tiger handles Open conditions well; and handles hard, fast Open conditions better than anyone.
Justin Rose, by contrast, failed to qualify for the hard and fast 2005 and 2006 Opens, and hasn't had a top 10 in the championship since his memorable fourth-placed finish at a wet, windy Birkdale as a 17-year-old amateur in 1998.
It's a mouthwatering prospect, a day's golf about as unpredictable as it is possible to imagine to get the 150th anniversary Open under way. Let battle commence...
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Scorecard of the week: An easy one to give to Paul Goydos, who shot only the fourth 59 in the history of the US Tour thanks to an astonishing back nine which saw him birdie eight out of nine holes in his opening round of the John Deere Classic.
Quote of the week: "It's a consolation prize, but I'm delighted that I managed to finish top five this week. If somebody said you'd finish second, I would probably have taken it. The way I played the first two rounds and the position I put myself in, I'm obviously a little bit down (to have lost), but overall I'll go to St Andrews and hopefully reproduce more of my first three rounds of golf than the last one." - Darren Clarke looks on the bright side of grabbing an Open spot after a final-round slump that cost him a chance of winning the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.
Rankings: No changes to the top 10, with Steve Stricker's victory in at the John Deere Classic in Illinois merely helping him close the gap on world number three Lee Westwood. Edoardo Molinari enters the world's top 20 with his victory at Loch Lomond. The affable Italian is also closing in on a spot on the European Ryder Cup side.
Shot of the week: Goydos's approach to the 18th green to set up the putt for that 59 - superb golf under once-in-a-career pressure.
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