Open return for Portrush? Watch Max Faulkner winning again (just in case)
Darren Clarke's knowing smile at Augusta said it all and yet the R&A has felt moved to issue a tweet and insist it remains 'some distance' from being able to stage the Open Championship in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.
No plans for "Open" talk at Royal Portrush AGM
Open Championship mania has taken hold on the north coast but while there are high hopes that the R&A will bring the world's oldest major to Royal Portrush in 2019, at least part of the club membership is becoming increasingly nervous about the information vacuum.
Royal Portrush flattered and flabbergasted by US PGA talk
Anchoring ban approved by R&A and USGA
Portrush may yet get its Open
But there is a massive obstacle in the way - the R&A does not want to make the Open an all-ticket affair like the 2007 Walker Cup at Royal County Down.
Back on the rota after a 15-year absence, Turnberry passed its Open examination with flying colours after improvements to road access and other infrastructure.
Just 123,000 fans turned up during the week to watch the race for the Claret Jug compared to more than 200,000 at Royal Birkdale last year, costing the R&A over €3.5 million in lost gate receipts.