By grabbing outright third behind the runaway leaders, Holmes leapt from 12th to fifth in the rankings and now his second Ryder Cup appearance is tantalisingly in focus. His length will be ideal for Hazeltine and he showed in 2008 that he possesses the requisite competitive spirit.
The 24-year-old has finished second and fifth in the last two weeks and amassed nigh on £600,000. At the same time the young Englishman has risen to 17th in the standings and given himself a chance of a Ryder Cup debut. Still a long-shot but is in great form and is clearly a confidence player.
Both Darren Clarke and Davis Love had reasons for celebration. Clarke saw Stenson make it two out of three majors for his team and will also have been pleased with so many of other blue and gold performances. Love counted up eight Americans in the top 17, with Mickelson back to his very best.
A bad week for...
After a promising 10th at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, Fowler arrived in Ayrshire confident of his form turning a corner after three missed cuts in a row up to and including a US Open. But a tie for 46th does not do his Ryder Cup hopes much good at all. Fowler fell another place to 10th in the standings.
When the 21-year-old won in Sweden last month he looked a certainty. But he has missed the last three cuts and seems in a panic with a nasty case of “Ryder Cupitis”. Fitzpatrick is still in the automatic positions but needs to calm down and rediscover his touch and focus.
The last thing the popular Bristolian wanted was an injury. He was desperate to give it a go and despite only lasting 12 holes with his neck problem is confident that he will fit and ready for the USPGA at Baltusrol. Wood could then shrug off his Troon woe as a mere setback.