The Australian makes an unenviable return to umpiring duties this weekend in the second Test between England and New Zealand, two years after being embarrassingly demoted following Pakistan's controversial tour to England in 2006.
The New Zealand fly-half is arguably the best in the world and his Crusaders team will rely heavily on him to progress through the Super 14 final stages and clinch another title this week. The No10 will also want to hand out-going coach and mentor, Robbie Deans, a perfect parting gift.
The 39-year-old may be in the twilight of his career, but is still eager enough to fire hometown club Hull into the Premier League when they take on Bristol City in the Championship Playoff Final tonight.
The former winner will bid to reclaim his Celtic Manor Wales Open title that he won in 2005 with a stunning final-day 62. The tournament takes place at the Twenty Ten course for the first time, and the popular Spaniard should continue his recent fine form to be among the leaders from Thursday.
Will the England coach be fully focused on this Wednesday's friendly against the United States at Wembley when he is being investigated for tax evasion back in his homeland?