A win for the ages
The temptation after Jordan Spieth's magnificent Masters triumph is to declare golf a young man's game.
The 21-year-old is the sport's newest Major champion and his brilliant record-breaking performance lifted him to second on the world rankings behind 25-year-old Rory McIlroy.
But Augusta National this spring did not simply witness a win for the ages akin to that of Tiger Woods back in 1997. It was also a fine week for the aged.
Two former Open Champions rose to the occasion as well, reminding everyone that you do not have to overpower a course - even one as long as that presented now for the first Major of the season - to get the better of it.
First came Tom Watson. The 65-year-old five-time Claret Jug winner, who has been granted a special exemption by The R&A to make a final appearance at the 144th Open at St Andrews this July, became the oldest player to have a sub-par round in Masters history.
And while Watson disappointingly still failed to survive the halfway cut following that 71, 58-year-old Mark O'Meara did so with a superb second round 68 and by repeating it on the closing day he finished in a tie for 22nd place ahead of the likes of defending champion Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Lee Westwood.
That represented O'Meara's highest placing in any Major Championship since 2003 and came 17 years after his annus mirabilis when, with victories at Augusta and Royal Birkdale, he became at 41 the oldest player to win two Majors in the
Fitting indeed that he should return to the fore this year since he will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in a ceremony at St Andrews University on the Monday of Open Championship week along with Laura Davies, David Graham and the late course designer AW Tillinghast.
Watson has been a Hall of Fame member since 1988, having crammed his eight major titles (five Opens, two Masters and a US Open) into nine seasons of majestic play.
Yet for many people it will always be hard not to place at the top of his achievements his staggering effort in the 2009 Open at Turnberry.
Just short of his 60th birthday Watson stood on the final green with a putt to be crowned champion for a record-equalling sixth time. That would have made him golf's oldest Major winner by 11 years, but by missing and then losing the subsequent play-off to Stewart Cink it was a case of what might have been.
The exemption rules for The Open were changed at that point to give former champions finishing in the top 10 an extra five years and during that time he has made the cut on three more occasions, including last summer at Hoylake when he closed with a 68.
Watson called his 71 at Augusta "a minor miracle". Now we wait to see if there might just be another in the bag for the Home of Golf, a place where he went so close to that sixth Open victory back in 1984 by finishing runner-up to Seve Ballesteros in one of the Championship's most thrilling climaxes.