Johnson out to prove his game is back at PGA Championship

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Deane, UT-Arlington's director of golf, is competing with the best in the world this week at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow in 2010.

"Do I have to be the youngest?"

"I had to get over some added pressure and fear, which shouldn't ever happen - fear of what I was going to have to answer and how long I would have to answer", he said. This is a chance to complete the career Grand Slam so I'm going to go ahead and try.

Remember Jason Day's closing eagle at Baltusrol a year ago that almost won him a second PGA Championship?

Many eyes will be on Jordan Spieth to see if he can make history by winning this week to complete the career grand slam, but there are many holes that will need to be played before any real conversation about that can be had. Day was trying to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back in the PGA in stroke play. Golfers have until just after the second round completion on Friday of the PGA Championship to commit.

He'll have to fend off co-favourite Rory McIlroy, a two-time victor of the PGA in 2012 and '14 and two-time victor at Quail Hollow in 2010 and '15. That would put him fourth on the all-time list behind Nicklaus and Walter Hagen with five and Woods with four. But Las Vegas decides who's actually the frontrunner, and the odds say it's McIlroy. They've also allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds at Quail Hollow.

The American, 24, has won three of the four majors following his victory at The Open at Royal Birkdale last month. "Played nine holes. Feel like I'm driving it really well again".

"I was talking to Phil last night; he said you can never know what's around the corner, but you've got to keep practising and keep staying disciplined". Overall I think it's a great thing'.

"I'm a big supporter of it", he said.

Spieth will play alongside fellow reigning major champions Sergio Garcia of Spain, who captured his first major title at the Masters, and American Brooks Koepka, the US Open victor, in the first two rounds. - Jordan Spieth. Television (all times EDT): Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m.to 7 p.m., TNT.

In his pre-tournament press conference, Dustin Johnson was quizzed over how the weather may play over the tournament and although the world number one expects a long week he told reporters he is prepared to battle the elements.

The 30-year-old's world ranking dipped inside the top-100 for the first time but has slipped back to 101st, 14 slots behind Lee. They're all teeing it up alongside Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Padraig Harrington, defending champion Jimmy Walker and others.

And everyone will be watching Japan's Hideki Matsuyama after his closing 61 to win the WGC Akron title Sunday.

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