Jordan & Rory and the Race for the Grand Slam

CHARLOTTE NC- AUGUST 08 Rickie Fowler of the United States walks up a fairway under an umbrella during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club

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"It's in the best interest of the PGA Championship; we feel it's in the best interests of the players who play the PGA Tour and the PGA championships around the world; and maybe most importantly for our organization, it makes the most sense to our members".

But there's a reason McIlroy has been looking forward to this PGA Championship.

Paul Casey, who started at the 10th, birdied the par-four 14th hole for his third birdie in a four-hole stretch to move into a tie with Gary Woodland for the early first-round lead at three under par. The sixth hole will stretch out to 259 yards, while the longest hole during the opening round is the par-5 10th hole at 600 yards.

Three weeks ago, Spieth won The Open Championship with a score of 12 under.

Bevacqua said the PGA would not be taking the Players date on Mother's Day weekend and would in most years be played one weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend. Yes, sustained success on the professional tours over years can often be the indication of a consistent and satisfying career, but we crucially judge players firstly on what they accomplished during four key weeks each season. In the final round before the Presidents Cup selections, he shot 62 while playing with Phil Mickelson, who told US captain Fred Couples, "Dude, you've got to pick this guy".

Spieth is the form man, and his major record since his first triumph at the 2015 Masters in now unrivalled by any player in the field this weekend.

"Each one of the major wins was very different from each other", he said.

"I've already had enough not go well that I've nearly accepted, OK, if this doesn't work out, then it doesn't work out".

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"I think the changes are really good", McIlroy said.

"If I was truly free, I wouldn't have cared", he said.

"I still feel like the golf course gives you plenty of chances".

There's a bunch of A-listers lined up behind the big two, including last week's victor at the Bridgestone Invitational Hideki Matsuyama, world No 1 Dustin Johnson and this year's other major champions Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka.

"I did send a letter to the MLS and advocated they choose North Carolina", Cooper said. And then my history on this golf course - a couple of wins, beaten in a playoff, a few other top 10s.

Spieth figures he has two decades or more playing the PGA Championship if he doesn't complete the slam this week. "This is a chance to complete the career Grand Slam; I'm here, so I'm going to go ahead and try".

He told a news conference on Wednesday: "Obviously, I'm not coming in with the best momentum in the world right now, but we are going to go out there and hopefully be as committed as possible, be confident out there and hit some good shots".

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