From a boy to a man. Eight-year-old Rory McIlroy used to chip golf balls with a plastic club into the washing machine at his Holywood home in Northern Ireland. The 22-year-old spent the last four days tossing the world's greatest players into a spin cycle and hanging them out to dry. It has been a glimpse of what to expect for the next decade.
It was an emotional day here at the famous Surrey course yesterday as some of the game's biggest names gathered to play in a pro-am to raise funds for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation and Cancer Research UK.
It was by far the best drive I've hit off the first tee in a competition this year; high, straight and long. When my two playing partners stepped up, neither could match it and I was feeling buoyed up for a good round.
There is no such thing as an uncontroversial bidding process. That much became clear in the aftermath of the European Tour's decision to award France the 2018 Ryder Cup, with the Madrid team accusing their rivals of dragging the death of Seve Ballesteros into the campaign.
Even when the great man's career was in decline, he made time to help Brian Viner improve his short game, as well as talking Woods, wedges, putters and personalities
Of course, there's Bolt and Messi but none of the current generation of greats can create a depth of passion the way Ballesteros could
While a campaign was launched yesterday to immortalise Seve Ballesteros as the image of the European Tour, the great Spanish golfer continued to be honoured across the world. The American Tour held a minute's silence at all three of their competing events and, defying convention, the Spanish flag was raised at Sawgrass, venue for this week's Players Championship.
Ballesteros was a man of the people who became the People's Champion. Paul Mahoney recalls the times he spent in the company of the Spanish golfer
Golf legend Seve Ballesteros has died at the age of 54, his family have confirmed via his official website.
Seve Ballesteros's condition is worsening, according to the Spanish golfing hero's family.
There are few guarantees at Old Trafford tomorrow when the Premier League waits to be claimed by one of the two best teams in England.
Seve Ballesteros has suffered a "severe deterioration" in his neurological state, his family said today.
Matteo Manassero became the youngest winner in European Tour history yesterday after triumphing by four shots at the Castello Masters in Spain. The Italian, aged 17 years and 188 days, breaks the previous record set by New Zealand's Danny Lee, who was 18 years and 113 days old when he won the 2008 Johnnie Walker Classic.
The contrast in captaincy styles at Celtic Manor is stark – with Europe's man looking like Seve in 1997
Whatever else Colin Montgomerie achieves over the next few days he will not surpass, in either imagination or judgment, his decision to call Seve Ballesteros.
Corey Pavin brought in a fighter pilot to deliver an inspirational speech to his players, while Colin Montgomerie called on Seve Ballesteros and Gareth Edwards. And so the lines continued to be drawn for a Ryder Cup which will now inevitably be compared to the notorious 1991 tussle at Kiawah Island.