What a week for Paul McGinley and what a month September promises to be for the smiling Dubliner.
Paul is desperate for another shot at the Ryder Cup and his sixth place finish in the US PGA Championship went a long way towards securing a place in Bernhard Langer’s side.
After his heroics in sinking the winning putt at the last match against America, Paul has had one eye on getting more experience at that level. Now he can play himself into the side after finishing fifth, second and sixth in his last three starts.
Sunday’s sixth at Whistling Straits was his highest finish in a major and really put him in the mix. Now his form is so good that even if he misses out on automatic election captain Langer may find it difficult to overlook him for one of his wildcard choices.
Paul is also working his way back towards the world’s top 50 again and all the benefits there are for being in elite company.
While Paul was marching up the US PGA ladder, Darren Clarke was sliding down after getting into contention, but it was still a very good week for the Ulsterman.
David Howell and Ian Poulter also acquitted themselves quite well in playing all four rounds while Graeme McDowell also gained invaluable experience of life at the sharp end.
Finally another word of congratulation for our cricketers, who just seem to get better and better. Michael Vaughan led them to their ninth win in 10 Test matches and their sixth in succession.
After lauding Andrew Flintoff as the world’s best cricketer, Fred did not let his captain down and scored his seventh consecutive 50 in Tests as England galloped to victory and a 3-0 lead in the series with just one match to play.