Charlotte's Quail Hollow course could be what McIlroy needs to stop slump

Anirban Lahiri

Anirban Lahiri

The victor of the 2017 PGA Championship will receive $1.89 million, while the runner-up will clear $1 million as well.

And deservedly so. About a year ago at this time, he was in a hospital. "But at the same time, you still want to go out there and play the way you know how to play and contend and have another shot at it".

Jordan Spieth is going for a career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship and doesn't appear to have a care in the world.

"The scheduling changes going forward, I think players overall are extremely pleased with it", Spieth said. "It opens up a lot more venues".

"Hopefully we'll get out there, have a good feeling, get on a good run and we can have a good week". "It's kind of a home game for me, so it's nice". "I mean, this is one of the four pivotal weeks of the year", Spieth said.

His best finish this year is second at the AT&T Byron Nelson, where he lost a playoff to Billy Horschel. And one of the most profitable of the bunch is the PGA Championship. For both Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, two icons of American sport, it was the PGA Championship that prevented them from the most fulfilled of resumes. And shown he can play well in wet conditions, notably in taking his first major title at the 2011 US Open at Congressional.

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"Those 20 professionals make a great statement for the game of golf in the industry", PGA President Paul Levy said. It will be more hard for players missing fairways off of the tee and missing greens to get their ball out of the Bermuda cleanly versus the less penal Rye Grass they are used to in the Spring.

For decades, the PGA Championship was the most inhospitable major tournament in the USA as far as European golfers were concerned.

The PGA Championship venue has three completely new holes, 18 re-grassed greens and dozens of more subtle changes from the course that past year hosted a PGA Tour event. He has form at Quail Hollow, having won here twice which includes the phenomenal round of 61 in 2015 that remains a course record, and as he said this week, his body is in the right place finally after suffering from injuries early in the year.

The ball wound up in the fairway, and Koepka went on to bogey the par-4 hole - the first of the course's challenging "Green Mile" finishing stretch of three holes. Yes, sustained success on the professional tours over years can often be the indication of a consistent and satisfying career, but we crucially judge players firstly on what they accomplished during four key weeks each season. "It's there one day and gone the next", he said, before departing with a gently self-mocking comment. "But it was a little adversity and I think I made the best of it". Bethpage Black will also be the site of the first PGA Championship to be held in the PGA of America's new May calendar spot in 2019, ahead of hosting what is likely to be a uniquely boisterous Ryder Cup in 2024. "But if we do, then it might be a different". "It's fun. The whole experience has been incredible".

Spieth has looked more free and relaxed than I've seen him in the past.

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