Defending champion Jimmy Walker, five-time major victor Phil Mickelson and past PGA champion Jason Dufner will be in an all-American trio just ahead of McIlroy and company.
A news conference involving US PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Pete Bevacqua, chief executive of the PGA of America, was announced yesterday for Tuesday at 1pm (1am Malaysia time, tomorrow) at the North Carolina course.
Players are allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds at the PGA Championship.
Four-time major victor Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland will be joined by Spain's Jon Rahm and American Rickie Fowler in the first two rounds.
Harold Williams won the original PGA Championship Driving Contest in 1952 with a 329-yard drive.
Lapse of work done for the Waterloo Upgrade so far
Platforms 1 to 10 at the UK's busiest station were closed on Saturday (August 5) and work will continue until August 28. Seven stations in south west London will be closed during the works, according to Network Rail's website.
But while McIlroy has failed to truly contend for another major title since, Spieth won the Masters and US Open in 2015, missed out on a play-off for the Open at St Andrews by a single shot and then finished second to Jason Day in the US PGA. Johnson was the dominant force going into the Masters, with three straight wins, but has struggled to match that form since the off-course injury at Augusta. Tee times: Rd. 1 - 8:35 a.m. ET off 10th tee; Rd. Before its return three years ago at Valhalla, the last National Open Long Drive Championship conducted at a PGA Championship site was in 1984 at Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jason Dufner (22), Phil Mickelson (45), Jimmy Walker (98) - Walker, the defending champ, showed signs of life in the first two rounds last week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational before sliding back on the weekend.
Twenty-four-year-old Spieth's shot at the Slam if he wins the Wanamaker trophy puts the Texan directly behind McIlroy at +850, but McIroy's firm standing as dominant on the Quail Hollow course puts him in the lead with oddsmakers at +700 as of Monday, August 7. Can you imagine if he won all four majors by the age of 24 and did it on McIlroy's turf (where he has two wins)?
In May, Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington hosted the Wells Fargo Championship that is normally held at Quail Hollow.