The 2010 Ryder Cup has been nine years in the planning, but now the action is just days away.
Wales is bracing itself for the glare of a worldwide audience it has never known before as an estimated two billion people around the world will be watching Newport between 1 and 3 October.
The flags are flying, the bunting is up and the M4 roadworks have disappeared (for now) as a 1,400 acre area of the Usk Valley will be beamed into approximately 62 million households in 195 countries for three days teeing.
Wales has hosted FA Cup football finals, a Rugby World Cup and Heineken Cup finals and an Ashes Test cricket match, but these have been nothing like a Ryder Cup.
Golf’s matchplay showpiece is third only to the football World Cup and Olympics as the third most-watched sporting event on the planet, so Newport is to be the centre of the sporting universe for one weekend only.