Forget London 2012, this is 'Glory's Last Shot'
Incredulity best describes the Charleston taxi driver's reaction when I told him I had just arrived from London.
"Why would you wanna leave there with those Olympics going on?" he asked as the rain battered his vehicle in the South Carolina state.
Then he pointed in the direction of the marina and tried to identify Tiger Woods's private yacht, starting to sound excited about the US PGA Championship which starts on Thursday.
"Yes, there is sport outside the Games and that's why I'm here," I said, explaining that there was much to look forward to from golf's last major of the year.
Kiawah Island Resort will host the 2012 US PGA championships. Photo: Getty
Storms have been battering Kiawah Island, which is staging its first PGA and biggest event since the Ryder Cup was held here in 1991.So despite the stunning ocean views, this 7,676-yard monster - the longest course in major championship history - is not likely to be fast and firm for a field that boasts the top 103 players in the world.
But despite a line-up that constitutes the highest quality field of any of the majors and my upbeat message to the taxi driver, this tournament continues to feel the least significant of the big four.
As is always the case, it comes too soon after the Open and this year in particular it is overshadowed by the London Games.
So it would be easy to underplay the significance of this week's golf were it not for the looming presence of the Ryder Cup on the sporting calendar.
For many of the leading players in Europe and America, this is a very important championship: it is the last qualifying event for the US golfers and time is also running out for European hopefuls.
Ironically, the two opposing captains could be forgiven for hoping the PGA is dominated by internationals not eligible for the Ryder Cup. Both Davis Love and Jose Maria Olazabal must be delighted with the players who currently head their respective qualifying tables.
Woods is the only American to have so far sealed his position for the match which will be played at Medinah at the end of September.
The other seven currently occupying automatic spots represent many of the form players of the year: Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson.
Love will have four wild card picks to announce on 4 September and unless someone makes a dramatic move this week, it is hard to imagine the American captain straying too far from the next four on the list; Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk.
This quartet will want to take chance out of the equation and seal an automatic berth with a high finish here at Kiawah.
The same applies to European stars for whom this week is probably the last realistic chance of forcing the issue.
For the last four Ryder Cup contests, the European players who have accumulated the most world ranking points have been the first names on the team sheet.
But now the leading five earners on the European Tour during the year-long qualifying period take the first five places, making the last counting tournament less significant.
The best way to make a late surge is through the world ranking points list that provides the second set of five players on the team list. But there probably won't be enough ranking points on offer at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles later this month to affect the line-up.
Certainly this is the case for the American-based players intent on making progress on the PGA Tour rather than travelling to Scotland.
Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia are most vulnerable on the world points list, while Ian Poulter, two places off automatic qualifying, and Padraig Harrington, who is nine spots away, need big weeks at the PGA to be certain of retaining their places in Europe's team.
As it stands, the line-up looks strong with Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie and Francesco Molinari occupying the five spots on the European money list.
Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Peter Hanson, Kaymer and Garcia are the five heaviest-ranking points scorers. Captain Olazabal would surely be a happy man if he has to pick two more to supplement that list.
He will be a lot clearer on the make-up of his team once the US PGA has been completed.
Golf might be under the radar this week, but the tournament they call "Glory's Last Shot" still carries a great deal of significance.