Quail Hollow prepped for PGA; future of Wells Fargo in Wilmington unclear

Quail Hollow prepped for PGA; future of Wells Fargo in Wilmington unclear

The winners of the year's first three majors are traditionally placed together at the US PGA, meaning the playing partners of Open champion Spieth are no surprise. There are now two World Golf Championship events - the WGC-Mexico and the WGC-Dell Match Play - so it's possible one of those could be on the move.

Johnson has also had many frustrating disappointments at majors, including the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits where he was penalized for grounding his club in what was ruled a bunker on the 72nd hole that kept him from joining a playoff.

His golf bag is now carried by Harry Diamond, the man who will guide him at the championship.

Jordan Spieth is trying to join the exclusive club of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen - the only five golfers to win all four majors.

It will also means The Players Championship will shift back to an earlier date of March, when the tournament was played prior to 2007.

"My focus isn't on completing the career grand slam", Spieth said.

But this is a no-excuses week for Rory McIlroy. From Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth at The Open Championship, Thomas could make it three American major winners under the age of 30. He was third in the 2014 PGA and won the Wells Fargo in 2012. He only turned 24 on July 27.

In both situations, he already had won a major that year. Rickie Fowler might not be the best player without a major, but he is certainly the most hyped.

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McIlroy nearly feels like he can roll out of bed and play well at Quail Hollow. 4 and 5 have been changed, No. 11 has been lengthened and - most importantly - the greens have been changed from bentgrass to Bermuda. Where in the past, you could get through the first six in sort of 2-under par, then you had loads of chances coming up, like 7, 8, 10, and all the way through on the back nine. The week after the British Open, he finished in a tie for eighth at the RBC Canadian Open, and he followed that with a tie for 17th at the Bridgestone Invitational.

He gave it a go on the driving range anyway, because when you're ranked No. 1 in the world and have won three consecutive tournaments you'll do anything to try and salvage such a fleeting zone. Last year: Walker held on for par on the 18th hole at Baltusrol for a 3-under 67 and a one-shot victory over Jason Day.

The TV coverage will be slightly different this week, with the BBC taking charge of the broadcast here in the UK.

A news conference involving US PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Pete Bevacqua, chief executive of the PGA of America, was announced Monday for Tuesday at 1 p.m. (1700 GMT) at the North Carolina course.

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