By The Devel's Advocate
WHAT a majestic performance by Henrik Stenson at Royal Troon. For once it was the Swede, and not his gallant playing partner Phil Mickelson, who provided the greatest thrills.
Reflecting on Stenson's Open Championship triumph, my mind wandered back to the summer of 2000. A glorious one it was for golf fans as well.
It was my privilege to watch Tiger Woods at close quarters as he romped to the US Open and Open titles in successive months.
First up was Pebble Beach. It's a scenic spectacular on California's Monterey Peninsula, but for four days all eyes were looking inward at the 24-year-old Tiger.
The youngster had already won two majors, but 2000 was when he really came into his own.
It's hard to believe now, given the parlous nature of newspaper finances, but back then Sunday paper writers had the best of both worlds.
We would arrive in America on the Tuesday but only work “live” on the Saturday when we covered the third round for our papers.
It was frustrating because we never got to report on the winner. Nevertheless, the huge compensation was we could follow the last few pairings inside the ropes on the Sunday without any work pressure.
The guys who were working were usually back in the media tent seeing very little of the action.
The final round at Pebble Beach was little more than a procession for Tiger.
Ten shots ahead of Ernie Els at the start, he won the title by a staggering 15 from Miguel Angel Jimenez.
That remains the most dominating victory in a major to this day.
To put it in perspective, if Mickelson hadn't been at Troon, Stenson would “only” have won by 14 shots from JB Holmes.
A month after Pebble Beach, Tiger moved on to St Andrews.
There he was 19 under when winning on the Old Course – a margin which remained unsurpassed in Open history until Stenson's 20 under on Sunday.
At neither the US Open nor the Open in 2000 was there the slightest doubt about who would emerge the winner on the final day.
To Mickelson's great credit he gave us the greatest head-to-head in major championship history with his flawless 65 in the fourth round at Troon.
He, like Stenson who shot an astonishing 63, deserves to be saluted.
And just to remind you, Tiger went on to win the 2000 US PGA Championship and the 2001 Masters - making him the first and only player to hold all four majors at the same time.
The Devel's Advocate is our resident golf blogger. With long experience of covering golf there aren't many issues he doesn't have an opinion on!