having waited nearly 19 years to compete alongside Tiger Woods, Scotland's Stephen Gallacher finds himself accompanying the world No.1 for at least three days in this week's 25th anniversary Dubai Desert Classic.
Sergio Garcia, the former world No.2, hopes that his Qatar Masters victory on Saturday is a sign of good things to come this season. The Ryder Cup stalwart picked up the 11th European Tour win of his career - and his 26th worldwide - after beating Finland's Mikko Ilonen on the third hole of a sudden-death play-off in Doha.
Dave Renwick, the Scottish caddie, said he could not have lived with himself had he failed to pull Rory McIlroy up on a rule infringement that effectively denied the Northern Irishman victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Given his decorated Walker Cup career, the 17-9 defeat that Great Britain & Ireland suffered to the USA in last year's match at the National Golf Links of America must have cut Nigel Edwards to the quick.
After two years without a single top-10 finish on the European Tour, a newly slim Darren Clarke reaped the benefits of an intense fitness regime on the opening day of the Volvo Golf Champions on Thursday.