Until the final day, most of the talk at Wentworth centred on Ernie Els’s re-designed course, but fittingly the course then had the final say.
When the number one and two in the world are playing off for the BMW number one and two positions then the course has proved a winner.
Indeed not only was the championship title at stake but also the world no.1 ranking because by virtue of his play-off win, Luke Donald overtook Lee Westwood at the top.
What a weekend for England because not only did it have the Ryder Cup colleagues at the top of the leaderboard, but also Yorkshire’s Simon Dyson trotted in third.
Lee and Luke have been consistent big-game players for quite some time and I can see Simon heading into that fold. He enjoys the tough challenges and more will be heard from him this year.
Dave Horsey had an extremely creditable finish coming in 7th while Ernie showed a great deal of fight to end the week in 16th place after a poor start.
Lee heads off to America next week to defend his title there while Congressional and the US Open is now coming into sharp focus. It was there that Ernie won one of his two US national titles and I know he will be keen to show that there is plenty left in the tank.
It’s all building up to a wonderful summer and expect our boys to be right in the mix.