Odds on Olazabal?
At a three-hour meeting in a plush Abu Dhabi hotel members of the Tournament Committee of the European Tour thrashed out who they want to be the next Ryder Cup captain and aim to announce his identity in a fortnight.
It all points to Jose Maria Olazabal succeeding Nick Faldo to skipper Europe's quest to regain the trophy at Celtic Manor in 2010.
The Spaniard has long been favourite to get the job but has expressed reservations about doing it next year. Now it seems he has a fortnight to make up his mind.
This was the conclusion after reading between the lines when European Tour chief executive George O'Grady and the committee emerged from what had clearly been a long discussion over the captaincy.
O'Grady tried his best to pull off the trick of talking plenty but saying nothing and almost got away with it.
"Do I look like a bloody idiot?" he replied when I tried to get him to divulge a bit more than he wanted.
But there were still enough clues in what he had to say to reporters who'd hung around outside the committee room.
After telling us that no decision had been made, O'Grady said there were several candidates for the job.
"More than two and we want to speak to the top candidates," he insisted.
Following more gently probing, however, O'Grady revealed that "a favoured choice" had been identified.
He went on to say: "In principle the decision has been taken and now they want to sleep on that and regroup and see if their decision is the same in two weeks time."
And will this "favoured" candidate be consulted during this period? "Without question," was O'Grady's reply.
Earlier, he had observed: "It's a constantly moving feast when people have got injuries."
This comment could refer to Olazabal, who is struggling with rheumatism but is convinced he can play in the next match if he regains full fitness.
Observing the faces of the players who serve on the committee it was clear that it had been an arduous meeting where the captaincy wasn't the only issue on the agenda - the effects of the credit crunch and next season's calendar year schedule were other subjects that required lengthy discussion.
But at least we seem to be nearing the end of the process to pick Europe's next Ryder Cup captain and the announcement is expected to be made in Dubai on January 26.
Many have argued the cause of Sandy Lyle as the only one of the so called 'famous five' not to have done the job.
The odds appear to have lengthened on the amiable Scot receiving the same honour that has gone to Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros, though only the committee and Tour hierarchy know that for sure at this stage.
They have taken a vow of silence until the announcement is made.