What next for Westwood and Woods?
There were more questions than answers after the Players Championship where Lee Westwood again failed to secure a big title from a strong position and Tiger Woods withdrew mid-round in a tournament for the first time in his professional career.
A month on from finishing runner-up at the Masters, Westwood put together a disappointing final round that failed to capitalise on holding the 54 hole lead.
Woods, meanwhile, left observers bemused by a long-standing injury that he denied existed only two days earlier.
Westwood tried to put on a brave face after a 74 that, given the breakdown of the greatest strengths in his game, might have been an awful lot worse but for some brave and inspired putting that kept him in the tournament until the 17th hole.
The Englishman's game is based around power and accuracy from the tee, but on a final day when the TPC course and breezy conditions were at their most challenging he managed to hit only six fairways.
Westwood claimed that he hadn't played particularly well all week despite holding the lead after the second and third rounds and in these circumstances it was no surprise or great disappointment that he could ultimately only finish in fourth place.
The fact is the 37-year-old had given himself a fine chance of winning the next biggest tournament outside the majors, on a leaderboard that shouldn't have presented too many fears for a player ranked fourth in the world.
It may have been that Tim Clark's brilliant 67 would have been too good anyway. It was a freakishly inspired round in which every putt the South African looked at fell into the cup. Sometimes it happens that way.
But Westwood didn't finish runner-up to outlandish brilliance; he finished in a share of fourth place and the fact that he went backwards was down to his own poor play.
Some will inevitably now question his temperament on the big occasion. That remains a little harsh because the way that he powered to victory at the season-ending Dubai World Championship last November should not be forgotten.
That was a performance put together under the pressure of trying to claim the year-long money-list title, and he succeeded in doing so in real style.
At the Masters he was beaten by Phil Mickelson more than by himself, although there was a worrying deterioration in the reliability of his long game in the final round at Augusta.
The baked final round conditions at Sawgrass were such that any mistakes made were magnified. There was no hiding place and, under intense pressure, Westwood's putting stroke held up. It was still a hugely disappointing defeat, though.
He regularly reminds us that it is his short game that needs to improve and perhaps the breakdown of his driving was the result of the cumulative pressure he feels from his relative shortcomings around the green.
Either way it would be wrong to write off Westwood just yet. He should still be regarded as one of the favourites from next month's US Open. If he puts himself in contention at Pebble Beach it would be no great surprise.
But whether he can convert such a position into a major title is a question that will remain until he does it. That task would have seemed an awful lot easier if he had been able to do so at the Players. It would have been a wonderful title to have in the locker.
With Woods, there has to be a questionover whether we will see him at Pebble Beach. Who knows? Sunday's withdrawal, after he had completed six holes of his final round, took everyone by surprise, including his playing partner Jason Bohn.
It appeared this was going to be a week of quiet rehabilitation for the world number one. Without doing anything special it would have been four valuable completed rounds under his belt; another important step completed in his return.
Woods had told us on the Friday that he was 100% fit. On Sunday he revealed this neck problem, which he claims dates from before his comeback at the Masters.
Naturally some players like to keep fitness problems to themselves, but Woods cannot afford such luxuries. The nature of his downfall means that he can't be found to be straying from the truth on any subject.
This is the man who told us that; "hopefully one day you will be able to believe in me again." Those were the words with which he ended his address in February, as he made his comeback to public life and by his own admission set the template for the rest of his life.
He's due to have MRI scans this week and we have no idea when we will see him on the golf course again. Could be in a couple of weeks at Memorial? Could he be out for the rest of the year?
Ordinarily there would be plenty of sympathy for a player in such a position but there was little around as he was sped away from Sawgrass on Sunday lunchtime. Somehow the whole situation had turned into another unwanted controversy.
With Woods it is the inconsistency of his words, with Westwood it was inconsistency on the course that left so many unanswered questions.