McIlroy is the best since Ballesteros
Rory McIlroy's latest win, his third from his last four outings during a sensational month in the United States, confirms him as Europe's greatest young talent since the emergence of Severiano Ballesteros nearly four decades ago.
The controversial points adjustment means that although the 23-year-old continues to head the standings going into the final event, each of the top five can land the jackpot with victory at the Tour Championship.
With 2,500 points McIlroy still has the best chance but Tiger Woods (2,250), Nick Watney (2,000), Phil Mickelson (1,800) and Brandt Snedeker (1,600) would garner a triumphant haul with a win in Atlanta later this month.
This scenario hardly seems a fair reflection of McIlroy's dominant form throughout the play-offs but the reset is there to make sure the Tour Championship remains relevant at the end of the series.
Whatever happens at East Lake the week after next, Europe know that in McIlroy they can boast the world's best player when they defend the Ryder Cup at the end of the month.
In this form McIlroy certainly has the potential to play the talismanic role at Medinah that used to be the domain of the late Ballesteros through the 1980s and 90s.
They share much in common in terms of the audacity of their golf and the daring way in which they beat high calibre opposition.
There are fundamental differences too. McIlroy's play around the greens is never likely to come close to Seve's but the great Spaniard could never match the Northern Ireland youngster's imperious long game.
And at the heart of McIlroy's current success has been a new-found deadly accuracy with the putter which surfaced when he won the PGA - his second major - at Kiawah Island last month.
Rory McIlroy watches an approach shot at the BMW Championship. Picture: Getty Images
His nerveless holing out has remained. It has emboldened him to play with a brand of confidence that was the hallmark of Ballesteros in his pomp.
This year's Ryder Cup will be the first to be played since the untimely passing of the Spanish legend in May last year.
Memories of Seve will live large in the European team room and captain Jose Maria Olazabal is sure to use them to inspire his side.
The skipper shared with Ballesteros the most successful partnership the Ryder Cup has ever known. The seeds were sown some years earlier when Seve arranged to play with a 15-year-old Olazabal when he'd emerged as a promising junior.
"To be actually playing with such a champion, an Open champion, that was overwhelming," Olazabal told BBC Sport.
"It helped me in the sense of wanting to practise more, wanting to achieve things and believing that we could actually win tournaments and maybe major events. And that was because of Seve.
"I was very shy in those days. You just look at the man who has won the Open and you just look and listen. Obviously I was very quiet through the match. I looked at every shot he hit, the way he hit it but I didn't talk much."
Olazabal was much more eloquent during this interview for BBC Radio 5 live. The twice Masters champion remembers the great deeds of Ballesteros in detail and reflects on his own remarkable career, movingly recalling his own comebacks from injury and illness.
"Heaven," was the word Olazabal used to sum up his feelings when he returned to hitting golf balls after recovering from a crippling form of arthritis that threatened his career in the mid-90s.
"It is not easy to be lying on the couch in severe pain watching your peers playing golf and knowing at that time golf might be history.
"The Ryder Cup somehow helps you to try harder. To be part of that team is huge," Olazabal said of the inspirational effect that his quest to make the 1997 side had on his recovery.
But just hitting balls on a range again was the major turning point. "It was heaven, because I thought my golfing days were over, at my lowest.
"To be able to swing a club, to be able to hit a ball, to be able to see a ball fly that was like being back to being a little kid having fun at home."
The interview will be broadcast on Thursday night at 21:00 BST as we kick off 5 live's build up to the Ryder Cup.
The programme will be packed with memories and stories and we would like to include your favourite recollections, particularly of the great Seve in European colours.
Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments here and we will endeavour to include as many as possible on Thursday.
And what's the betting that in a couple or so decades from now a similar show will be planned when a legend from Northern Ireland will provide the central talking points?
"Seve and Ollie: A Ryder Cup relationship" - 2100-2230 BST, BBC Radio 5 live, Thursday 13 September.
The programme will feature special interviews with European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal and past captains Colin Montgomerie, Tony Jacklin and Bernard Gallacher.