There are still three weeks until the 2018 Masters, and as we saw last spring, fate can intervene in sadistic ways between now and Thursday’s ceremonial tee shots. Did that stop us from waxing poetic on the slew of narratives heading into Augusta National? Absolutely not.
Cue the Jaws theme tune and dust off the Falcon Trophy. Rory McIlroy lurks ominously just a shot off the lead and will surely, finally, gets his hands on the most tantalising prize in golf - save for a certain green jacket - to thus far elude him.
Matthew Fitzpatrick joked about tucking his putter under the covers with him overnight to ensure the magical blade remains hot after he kept the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on 59 watch for much of a memorable moving day.
Hideto Tanihara found a quick remedy to the heartache suffered by the host continent at last week’s EurAsia Cup in Malaysia after easing into a share of the lead on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Matthew Fitzpatrick slipped into the DP World Tour Championship under the radar, no easy feat as defending champion. With half of the European Tour’s season-decider done, the Englishman once again owns the brightest red blip on the leaderboard but still feels like he’s playing in stealth mode.