Pep Guardiola watched Manchester City breeze through Amen Corner in the title race – and chilled out watching Tiger Woods on the bus home.
Instead of stumbling into a Sunday lunchtime booby-trap at Selhurst Park, two-goal Raheem Sterling kept City on the fairway to heaven.
And Guardiola, content in the knowledge the title was still in City’s hands, announced he would head home with one eye on title rivals Liverpool’s game – “and one eye on Tiger in the Masters.”
City piled all the pressure on the Kop with an assured display to avenge their shock defeat by Palace at the Etihad.
Guardiola said: “I’m so pleased – after the amount of games we have, the Premier League is still in our hands.
“First we have Brighton in the FA Cup, then a Champions League game three days later, now this one here – no fresh legs, but for 75 to 80 minutes we were so good.
“We have to win every game if we want to make back-to-back titles, we know that, and the players have shown they want to do it. No doubts.
“For the last month in the Premier League we know it would be almost impossible – possible, but very difficult – if we dropped points.
“But we’ve played with incredible personality in all the games, including the Champions League. We’ve collected 183 points in two seasons and there are five games left – those are incredible numbers and show how consistent we are.”
England winger Raheem Sterling recovered from a glaring early miss to score twice, taking him to 27 goals this season for club and country.
Guardiola added: “Mentally, in football, the most important action is always the next one. If you miss, you have to get over it and finish the next chance.
“The pass from Kevin (De Bruyne) for our first goal was outstanding, but the finish was incredible.
“The second goal was also more complicated than the one he missed, but you have to be stable mentally for the next chance – he was, and helped us to win the game.”
City now face Tottenham twice in four days at home – in Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-final second leg and in the Premier League on Saturday.
They trail 1-0 from the first leg against Spurs, but Sterling shrugged: “It’s one game we’ve lost, but we knew we had to bounce back straight away.
“We knew, from coming here in the past, that it’s a difficult place to come. We kept pushing, kept making it difficult, and we were glad to get the third goal.”