Arlington Golf Coach to Compete at PGA Championship

Arlington Golf Coach to Compete at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy believes he can avoid the first round Major nerves that derailed his chances of winning the US Open and The Open and finally challenge strongly for that elusive fifth Major in the US PGA at Quail Hollow.

"Do I have to be the youngest?"

McIlroy is only an elusive Masters triumph away from the career grand slam and I expect it is a matter of time before both he and Spieth achieve it, although it is worth remembering that some greats, such as Phil Mickelson and even Sam Snead, do not.

"With the win and the consistency I've experienced from the start of the season in October until now, it's definitely been my best year", Leishman said. "If it's this year and it happens, that's great".

Can Spieth wrap up the career grand slam...

The 39-year-old American enjoyed his best major finish with a runner-up effort behind Spieth at the British Open.

After months of speculation, it was officially announced in a press conference at Quail Hollow that the PGA Championship will be moved into May and be played the weekend before Memorial Day starting in 2019 when the tournament is hosted by Bethpage Black.

McIlroy, after victories in 2012 and 2014, would join Nicklaus (5), Walter Hagen (5) and Woods (4) in the all-time list of US PGA victors. Add two PGA Championships on the resume and, if he is healthy, the Wanamaker could be his.

Indeed, Spieth - the 24-year-old who could replace Woods as the youngest player to win all four majors - played with McIlroy last week and declared that his accurate power off the tee will "give him a huge advantage at the [US] PGA".

The first of the major changes is that the PGA Championship will be moved back to May for the first time in 70 years.

Las Vegas oddsmakers agree, giving McIlroy a 7-1 chance with Spieth at 8-1. Casey also finished 10th in last years PGA Championship and has four major top-10 finishes since 2015.

"If you are matched up on Sunday, and you get to choose somebody, you 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".

"I've always thought that an off-season in golf would be good", McIlroy said. In 2015, he lowered the mark, a third-round 61 sparking him to a second tour title in Charlotte. "Right now, I feel it's close to when I was playing really well before Augusta than I have, and you know, since then".

He went on to say: "I think (the reason I am favorite) it's partly to do with the upturn in form that I've had over the last few weeks, and then my history on this golf course: a couple of wins, beaten in a playoff, a few other Top 10s". As for PGAs, he has played in eight and won two.

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