In most sports brilliance and skill are highly valued and big money will be paid for those who are ‘different’ and, usually, better.
Not as much publicised, but just as highly valued, especially by those who manage or, indeed, take part, is consistency.
Those who are the ‘stars’ usually know how much they owe to those players who, time and again, give eight out of 10 performances. And when one can combine both of those qualities, then one generally is a winner.
Take the recent Open Championship in golf, for example, and how regularly the leaderboard changed and you will get the idea of what I’m writing about.
In the final round on Monday last there had been eight different leaders of the tournament before the actual play-off to decide who would lift the much sought after Claret Jug.
The field was twice led by an Irish player - Paul Dunne and Padraig Harrington - but both had poor final rounds which saw them drop out of contention.
In a four rounds tournament such as this, consistency is always the key and that’s exactly how it turned out.
Those who featured in the play-off held their nerve and returned under par scores - consistency clearly fashions rewards.