Davis and Davies inspire despite near misses
Their surnames sound the same, indeed there is only one letter to differentiate them, and after near misses on separate tours they are the talk of golf.
Brian Davis and Rhys Davies both picked up runner-up cheques at the weekend. The former confirmed his status as one of the top blokes in the game while the latter further enhanced a growing reputation for excellence.
The sudden death shoot-out effectively ended when the Englishman alerted a rules official to the possibility that he may be liable to a two-stroke penalty for moving a loose impediment in a hazard on the backswing of his third shot on the first extra hole.
Davis has been overwhelmed by the messages of support he has received - photo: AP
It was the kind of sportsmanship and honesty that will only be consistently found in golf and snooker. His action was so in keeping with the way golf should be played that it perhaps shouldn't merit too much comment. It's just what golfers are expected to do.
But we live in an age when cricketers rarely walk when they know they have edged it to the keeper, where rival packs of rugby union forwards are engaged in a contest of who can cheat without detection and let's not go near football's ethos.
Thankfully golf more often than not is different; a sport where the code of honour is its code of conduct.
In other pursuits they form disciplinary panels to try to punish those who step out of line. They impose their bans and fines but fail to deter the cheats.
The ways of golf suggest that to do that you have to foster a culture that dictates zero toleration of deliberate rule breaking. Being the subject of locker room whispers that question your integrity is a far worse punishment than any ban or fine.
Why don't organisations like the Professional Footballers' Association adopt a similar sort of policy and make their members sign up to a code of conduct that states deliberate cheating is not be tolerated?
That would surely be a far more effective move to clean up the game than having some blazer imposing suspensions and mining the bottomless pits of a player's pocket.
Davis was acting within the parameters effectively set by his golfing peers when he made it known that he thought he may have disturbed that stray reed in the hazard at the first extra hole.
He wasn't doing anything special in calling the penalty on himself, but it was an act that reinforces golf's healthiest trait and is therefore well worthy of comment. "They're the rules and you have to live by them," Davis said.
"It's one of those things, it's what you do, it's what makes our sport so special."
Davis has helped set a perfect example with his conduct. He has been amazed at the reaction he has received, with his email and text inboxes bombarded by well wishers.
"I had a text message from a senior golfer who once called a penalty on himself in a tournament against Jack Nicklaus," Davis said. "He said 'I know you are down and didn't win, but trust me it'll be the best thing you ever did.'"
There was little guarantee that Davis would have beaten Furyk from the position he was in on that play-off hole, but he's still more than aware of what slipped by with his defeat.
It wasn't just the extra prize money, but a place at next year's Masters and a guarantee of playing privileges. "But I couldn't live with myself if you don't call it on yourself," he told BBC 5 live.
As for Rhys Davies the story is all about golfing excellence that is starting to excite Wales in the year that the country stages the Ryder Cup for the first time.
It was Davies's third top three finish of the season, having won the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco and finished third at the Malaysian Open. He has risen to 71st in the world rankings in his first full season on tour and is in the top 10 in the Race to Dubai.
The Edinburgh-born Welshman still has work to do to get into the Ryder Cup reckoning, but captain Colin Montgomerie has spoken of his desire to have a Welshman on board.
Monty will be aware that Davies has played with distinction in two Walker Cups, winning both his singles games in 2007. He's currently 322,878 euros short of the lowest automatic place on the team.
It is not an insurmountable gap and the skipper is sure to be watching his progress closely.
As will fans in Korea this week. Davies was going to take the week off and head home but the current flight chaos made that impossible so he decided to head to the Ballantine's Championship instead.
As the saying goes - "keep up with the Jones's", well keeping tabs on the Davies/Davis's is a rewarding pursuit in golf right now.