Our first major championship continues to prove elusive, but I could only be proud of our finish to the grand slam season.
Three players in the top 6, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Ernie Els, was top class and all can be proud of their efforts behind the shock winner Y.E Yang, who gave Tiger Woods a two-shot start and ended up beating him by three.
Lee and Rory were tied third and can take much out of the year given that they are two of only 12 players who have made the cut in each of the four majors.
Rory’s play at the highest level has been of the highest order as he gathers experience – always a vital part of winning majors – and I am convinced he will become a consistent force at The Masters, the two Opens and US PGA for many years to come.
Lee has made a huge step up at this level both in his preparation and play and now realises how much patience and discipline are vital parts of winning the game’s greatest prizes.
There was a massive low point for Ernie at the US Open when he shot two big rounds and I am sure he vowed to himself never to let that occur again. It has shown in his play subsequently with top 10 finishes at both The Open and US PGA.
Ernie decided to go it alone on the coaching front after Bethpage and he has quickly figured things out and can now look forward to another successful streak. Assuming the extra responsibility has done him nothing but good. He turns 40 in October and I am sure, like Vijay Singh and Kenny Perry, there will be many more wins to come after that milestone.
It was Chris Wood’s first visit to America and he will have learned much from the experience especially after making the cut while seven of our nine representatives got through to the weekend.
Now I’m switching from Minnesota to The Oval for what promises to be a fantastic end to the Ashes summer as England play the decider against Australia in south London.
The scene is set for Freddie Flintoff to end his Test career on the highest possible note. It would be fantastic if our best all-rounder could come up with a lightning ton and 10 wickets to reclaim the game’s biggest prize.
Another week of rehab and conditioning has left Freddie ready for a big last hurrah in the Test arena before he takes his fragile body into the arenas of one-day and 20-20 cricket.