So all the experts were right, The Open was won by a man from Northern Ireland.
But as Rory McIlroy finished tied for 25th and saying he could only ever win The Open if the weather was right, a 42-year-old 150/1 shot continued his tiny country's amazing recent run in Majors.
Be sure there will be a large amount of Guinness drunk from the Claret Jug over the next few days in the province, the new epicentre of world golf, after Darren Clarke pulled off a quite sensational victory.
Despite a population of under two million people - less than New Mexico - the province has produced three of the last six Major winners following Graeme McDowell and McIlroy's back-to-back US Open victories.
With this sort of run it could even tempt David Feherty or Ronan Rafferty out of retirement.
Clarke must have known deep in his heart that he would never get a better chance of winning a Major than this but the only sign of nerves were a steady stream of cigarettes.
He said his plans for Saturday night were 'stuff my face and try not to drink too much' but maybe there were a few soothing brandies or just a few words from Bob Rotella, the eminent American sports psychologist, who has helped him this week.
As soon as he drained a tricky downhill putt at the first the confidence grew. An eagle at seven was a big boost and when the charging Phil Mickelson drew level, the sporting gods were smiling kindly as his approach at the ninth skipped over the lip of a pot bunker and propelled forward onto the green.
Mickelson, who had produced just one top-10 finish in 17 previous Open Championship appearances, was the favourite on the betting exchanges when the man from Dungannon reached the turn.
Clarke was still smiling as his putt lipped out at 10 even though he must have been looking at the leaderboard and thinking he was seeing a a case of deja-vu.
Clarke was denied by a 65 from Justin Leonard at Troon in 1997 and having reached the turn in 30, Mickelson was playing like in the final round of the 2004 Masters when he shot the lights out to pip Ernie Els.
It was reminiscent of Greg Norman's 64 at RSG in 1993 before the hot putter went cold.
Lefty missed three putts from inside six feet in the space of four holes and then Dustin Johnson, who missed a very makeable putt at 13 to move within one of Clarke, realised he was really in contention.
Just as Dustin choked when leading the 2010 US Open with a final round 82 and choked when needing to par the last to win the 2010 US PGA, he inexplicably put his approach at the 14th out of bounds.
Clarke could savour the final holes and complete a remarkable achievement when you consider the stats.
- He is just the seventh first-time Major winner in their 40s
- It has been 10 years since the last of his previous six top 10 Major finishes
- Nick Price had made the most Open appearances before his first victory, 15. This was Clarke's 20th Open appearance.
Maybe McIlroy should listen to Clarke, who became the 12th different Major winner in a row, after saying he won't adjust his game for one Links tournament a year.
"I moved back home to Portrush last summer, so I'm playing all my golf at Royal Portrush now. Living in London for 13 years, I wasn't playing as much links golf as I would have liked. Now I'm back there that's what I'm playing. Any time I step back on a links I always enjoy it," Clarke said earlier in the week.
And now he has won as many Majors as the young pretender.
Some footnotes from the week:
*Surely no better time for Portrush in Northern Ireland to petition for their return to The Open rotation for the first time since 1951. The R&A won't rule it out but need the tournament to have 'the infrasructure and be a commercial success'. Bear in mind Sandwich train station is in the middle of a housing estate.
*Rickie Fowler had just one three putt all week — on the par-3 11th hole on Thursday - and after shooting the lowest final 54 holes out of anyone at St Andrews last year, surely this kid has an Open in him.
*Despite a trim, Lucas Glover failed to become the first bearded golfer to win Open since Bob Ferguson in 1882.
*In a rather mischeivous online poll last week, you - the readers - voted St George's the worst course on the Open rotation. But it received glowing praise from all the players for its quirky lay-out and its' condition this week, especially the greens and bunkers.
*The train time from St Pancras to Sandwich is under 90 minutes and nearly 200,000 fans flocked to the course - the biggest Open attendance apart from St Andrews.
*Dustin Johnson drove through the back of the 420-yard fifth hole on Sunday, he had a howling wind at his back but we still thought he took some off.
*Tom Lewis hogged the headlines by taking a share of the lead on Thursday and held on to win the silver medal as best amateur. Does the 20-year-old have a level head? He has turned down a lucrative sponsors' invite to next week's Scandinavian Masters in favour of a Walker Cup boot camp.
*Highest score of the week: Henrik Stenson took an 11 after putting his drive out of bounds at the 14th.