Ireland celebrated a one-two at Carnoustie and Padraig Harrington believes there are more Claret Jugs to come - for Rory McIlroy.
Silver medal winner McIlroy stood proudly alongside Harrington on the 18th green and Harrington did not forget him in his speech.
And Harrington is convinced that the Holywood hotshot can emulate his achievement with multiple Open wins.
He said: “I’d like to congratulate Rory on his fine achievement. I’m glad I got in before he wins one. I am sure he will win a few Open Championships in the future. He is a fine talent and he proved it this week.”
He also had words of praise for his caddie and best pal Ronan Flood, who took over from Dave McNeilly three years ago and also his brother Tadhg, who caddied for him in his amateur days.
He said: “I’d like to thank my caddie Ronan. No-one is more committed or dogged in his approach to keeping me going on the golf course. He never, ever lets up. His commitment and encouragement out there is second to none. Thanks Ronan.”
Brother Tadhg was on the bag in the 1992 British Amateur championship, when Harrington finished six-six to lose to Stephen Dundas in the last 16.
Choking back the tears, he said: “I’d like to thank my brothers. Tadhg, it’s a long way from the 1992 Amateur in which I had one of the most disappointing days of my life on this golf course. I have come a long way back.”
He also spared a thought for Sergio Garcia, joking: “He is only a young lad, his time will come. There will be plenty of time for you Sergio.”