Garcia all smiles again after Wyndham victory
The strop is over and one of the most infectiously influential smiles in golf is back.
Sergio Garcia's victory at the Wyndham Championship was a much needed boost for the player and, according to skipper Jose Maria Olazabal, it should significantly benefit Europe's Ryder Cup defence.
Garcia was a picture of abject misery when he missed the cut for the second major running at the recent US PGA Championship to slip out of the automatic qualifying places for Medinah next month.
Olazabal was moved to seek out his Spanish compatriot and administer a pep talk that appears to have done the trick.
Garcia secured an automatic place in Europe's Ryder Cup team with victory at Wyndham
"We had a little chat at the PGA," Olazabal revealed to BBC Sport. "Hopefully that turned things around a little bit.
"He was struggling on the golf course mainly because of his attitude, not because of his game. To be able to turn things around in a couple of days and put on the show that he did this week says volumes about him.
"I'm just relieved and very, very pleased."
The 32-year-old Spaniard had fallen out of the top 10 automatic qualifiers when Ian Poulter grabbed a share of third place at the US PGA at Kiawah Island.
"Ian played so well at the PGA and overtook him and that also helped, because he knew he was against the ropes," Olazabal added. "He needed to deliver and that shows a lot of character.
"Everyone could see what was going on on the golf course. It was more his attitude. He was very hard on himself, he was down. As soon as he missed a shot it looked like the skies were falling in on him.
"He was not having any fun. That was the main problem, not so much his swing or the way he was striking the ball."
Olazabal watched from afar as Garcia embarked on his last counting event for the Ryder Cup at the Wyndham Championship.
The rain-interrupted tournament finished a day late with Garcia 18 under par and two strokes clear of runner-up Tim Clark.
"I watched him on TV," Olazabal said. "His attitude changed from the PGA.
"He wasn't complaining so much on the golf course and I think that helped a lot."
Europe's skipper is reluctant to take too much credit, but it is clear his words at Kiawah struck a chord with a player who can now look forward to his sixth Ryder Cup.
"I don't think I sorted him out, but obviously I made a couple of points regarding what I wanted to see on the golf course from him," he said. "But I think it was more his decision in the sense that he was off the team for the first time in the whole year and he knew that he had to deliver.
"He knew he had to do something special this week to get back his chances of making the team and at the same time to convince us that he is up for the job."
There can be little doubt of that after his first PGA Tour victory for four years. It is a timely return to form and beneficial effects of the appealing Garcia grin will be felt throughout the European team room at Medinah.
Poulter has been pushed out of the automatic spots but, with his impressive Ryder Cup record and high PGA finish, he has surely already done enough to win a captain's pick.
All the attention at the final qualifying event, this week's Johnnie Walker Championship, will centre on Nicolas Colsaerts.
The big-hitting Belgian needs a win or to finish tied second with no more than two players to knock the struggling Martin Kaymer from the last qualifying berth.
Garcia's victory ends the hopes of an automatic spot of PGA runner-up David Lynn and Rafael Cabrera Bello, of Spain.
Colsaerts, who won the Volvo World Matchplay this year, should be regarded as the favourite to gain a captain's wildcard along with Poulter if he doesn't achieve the requisite high finish at Gleneagles. The 29-year-old from Brussels would be the only rookie in Olazabal's team.
It would be quite a surprise if this is not the way they line up in Chicago next month: Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Garcia, Peter Hanson, Kaymer, Poulter and Colsaerts.
Westwood, by the way, will be hoping to reap the benefits from the input of his new short game coach Tony Johnstone, the charismatic former Tour player from Zimbabwe, who has replaced the sacked Pete Cowen.
One other golfing topic worthy of comment is Augusta National's decision to at last admit female members in former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and businesswoman Darla Moore.
Make no mistake the club that stages the Masters remains as exclusive as ever but this move undoubtedly shifts an uncomfortable spotlight on two all-male golfing establishments closer to home.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, whose Muirfield course stages next year's Open, will now have to fend off the inevitable questions about their men only policies from a seemingly more isolated position.