Thorbjorn Olesen announced his arrival on the European golfing scene last year in pleasing fashion but after last week in Augusta, he has advanced his undeniably talented credentials onto the world stage. Clearly, it is imperative to see how the Dane responds in the next few weeks to an excellent four days in the US, but in the long term there seems no denying that he represents a player to be noted wherever he plays, especially on the European tour. Calmness and composure under pressure allied to a fine all-round game mark him out as one very much to watch.
It may seem strange to suggest Lee Westwood in the one-to-watch category as he approaches his 40th year. But be in no doubt that absolutely no one played better from tee to green than the man from Nottinghamshire. All that was required for him to contend at the very head of the leaderboard was for his putting to have been simply above average. Red-hot would probably have won him the tournament – above average would have seen him go very close. And Westwood knows that only too well.