PGA Championship tee times, pairings: Thursday's first round

US PGA Championship Rahm Fowler Matsuyama and the other contenders looking to break their major duck

Jordan Spieth remains relaxed about becoming the prospect of becoming the youngest ever golfer to complete a grand slam of major titles as he heads into the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

"If you're matched up on Sunday. you obviously want to be able to play against somebody like Rory who has four major championships and is one of the top couple most accomplished players in this field", Spieth said.

Other players to have done the Grand Slam are Nicklaus, fellow Americans Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan, and South Africa's Gary Player. "I don't need to be the youngest".

"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 and hit some good shots", Garcia said.

Spieth had a short break after The Open and finished tied for 13th in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last weekend. I've got some family, my grandpa lives over there. "I'm happy with that, means I'm playing well". "They have made a few changes but I'll have some really good vibes".

Spieth says the biggest challenge will be taming the 7,600-yard North Carolina course, with thunderstorms and rain forecast for the next four days.

Quail Hollow is hosting its first Major, and will play much tougher than it has in the past, thanks to the addition of Bermuda rough around most of the greens, but McIlroy is expected to go well at a course where he recorded his debut PGA Tour win in 2010, and won again in 2015. "You don't really have to have your best game and you still feel like you have a chance to win".

However, Spieth faces stiff competition from rival Rory McIlroy, who has twice claimed victory at PGA events at Quail Hollow and leads the way on this year's PGA Championship odds as a +700 favourite.

Marc Leishman is hoping to top off his best season on the US PGA Tour with a breakthrough major title at this week's PGA Championship.


McIlroy won four majors by the time he was 25 and probably felt a bit like Spieth does now, but the subsequent three years have taught him otherwise.

The venue hosts this event annually and the 28 year old has bought the course it to its knees on more than one occasion. It's been his time to win a major for about three years though and he has yet to come through. I'm simply stating, there won't be added expectations or pressure.

Dustin Johnson-It was tempting not pick him as he has been a shell of himself after falling down the steps the week of the Masters.

"For this week, my family will be up watching, supporting", Johnson said.

"It wasn't that good, but then it went down and got worse after that", Johnson said. So if I feel something that works and I can ride that feeling throughout the week, then we should be fine.

"To win a major and feel as uncomfortable as I did for a lot of it over the putter is extremely confidence-building".

Open champion Jordan Spieth stands on the brink of greatness.

Defending champion Jimmy Walker is winless this season and has struggled since being diagnosed with Lyme disease in April.

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