Four-time major champion McIlroy has been stuck on three legs since winning The Open in 2014 and three attempts to win The Masters and complete the set since have proved fruitless. I managed to lock my 2018 card will in time and had a couple of good results, including the Tied-2nd at the Memorial, which was really solid. Standing six foot four and weighing 200 pounds, he joins the likes of Dustin Johnson in looking more like an National Basketball Association shooting guard than the archetypal professional golfer. "I played with him the first two days (at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) and the way that he is driving the golf ball, if he continues to do it, he just has a massive advantage over the field". Depending on who else commits to the Wyndham this week, a lot of golfers could make the short trip to Greensboro after the PGA Championship. "I think from our perspective I don't really mind whether we're the third major or the fourth major". Let's get to the group of nine from which the 99th PGA Championship victor will come.
Rory's won the Wells Fargo twice and is the event's all-time earnings leader, holding both the course record (61) and the tournament record (267). The most startling thing is that he somehow seems to be improving with the driver in his hands.
The PGA Championship is getting a new date and will no longer be "Glory's Last Shot".
For now, Spieth is on that list with Mickelson and 11 others to win only three of the four majors.
PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua said that the PGA Championship will be played the third week of May - between Mother's Day and Memorial Day.
"I can absolutely understand some of the logic, and if it ends up as resulting in more people watching our game, then that's a great outcome".
In addition to the PGA Championship being played this week, this year's schedule has the Tour Championship set for September 21-24, which will be Week 3 of the NFL's regular season and Week 4 for major college football. That was the one everyone felt would be the most hard for him to win.
Dustin Johnson: There has just been something a bit askew about D.J. since he returned from that back injury after the Masters.
But Day - who is 179th on Tour for driving accuracy - admits notching a second career major will come down to hitting fairways. That portends well for the 22-year-old. Before that there was T-3 at CIMB late a year ago, when the 2016-17 PGA Tour season got underway. That's right, it's Garcia.
Monahan also said during the news conference that he does not anticipate any changes to the Tour's "wraparound season", which begins in October and holds a half-dozen events before Thanksgiving. The Year of the Sergio?
Thomas Pieters: I love generally love Pieters and think he's underrated, but I especially love him this week on this course.
One of the possibilities is Bubba Watson, who heads into the PGA Championship this week sitting at No. 111 in FedEx Cup points.