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Rory McIlroy is the player ot beat at the PGA Championship

09 Agosto 2017, 01:12 | Cornelio Vivanco

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Rory McIlroy

Or perhaps the American was simply deflecting attention from his bid this week to become the youngest player in history to achieve the career grand slam. According to OddsShark, Rory McIlroy, a former two-time PGA Championship victor, is the +700 favourite while Spieth is a close second choice at +850. "Getting three legs of it is much harder than getting the last leg - although I've never tried to get the last leg, so it's easy for me to say". "I'm past that point".

"To be in that company, no doubt, is absolutely incredible", Spieth told reporters Sunday about his excitement at the opportunity. And in no way, shape or form do I think I'm anywhere near that, whatsoever.

The timing couldn't be better with the PGA Championship four days away, with a Japanese nation clamoring for its first major champion.

Of course, in golf it can be folly to champion one player's chances, especially with Spieth gunning for the grand slam and the current depth of talent in the game. He is 0-for-3 while trying to wrap up the career Slam by winning the Masters. "JP has been a huge part of my life", McIlroy said.

Three weeks on from the British Open and two weeks on from his 24th birthday, Spieth could surpass the mark set by Tiger Woods in 2000. A double-major calendar year for Garcia would be great for him but even better for the sport.

Johnson firmly ruled the world of golf after successive wins at the Genesis Open at Riviera, the WGC-Mexico and WGC-Match Play in a brilliant February-to-March stretch. In the year and change since the 2016 Wells Fargo, Fazio and his team have revamped the Quail Hollow Club, toughening it up and turning some things around in anticipation of the course's first major.

"Our analysis began in 2013 and included an extensive list of factors, including having to shift the date every four years to accommodate the Olympic Games", Bevacqua said. At the age of 47, his clock definitely is ticking.

Now ranked #4 in the world, the Westgate SuperBook has McIlroy at 7-1 to win his third Wanamaker Trophy.

"He likes this golf course, there's something about it that fits his eye, I think there's a lot of tee shots he can work from right to left and take advantage of that length. But only three behind going into tomorrow, I can get off to a fast start and try and put a bit of pressure on the guys up ahead of me".

"Hopefully I continue to do that". He won three straight tournaments before that fateful trip to Augusta, where he slipped down the stairs at his rental home and hurt his back, an injury that kept him out of the season's first major.

Golf Digest reported Monday on its website that the PGA Championship will be moved three months earlier, leaving the British Open as the last major every year, starting in 2019 when the event is slated for Bethpage Black in suburban NY, site of the 2002 and 2009 US Opens. But winning is what adds to greatness.



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