Arguably the biggest loser in the Tom Watson announcement as 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain is Paul McGinley, whose qualifications for the European job are not in doubt. His celebrity stature is.
Karl MacGinty explores the possibility of the two-man race between McGinley and Darren Clarke, and features this quote from new selection committee member Peter Lawrie.
"As someone who has yet to learn the workings of the committee, I have an entirely open mind ... but I might ask why is it only a two-horse race for the captaincy?" said the Dubliner.
"What is happening in America (with Watson) has really come out of the blue and maybe we'd need a name, a really big personality, to go up against a name."
There's only one. He's rested, ready and lives just down the street from Gleneagles!