McIlroy among favourites for PGA Championships success

PGA Championship- Preview Day 1

Speaking in his pre-USPGA Championship press conference, the world number one said he'd been "inundated" with requests.

After hitting a couple of tee shots at 14, Deane - who qualified through the PGA Professional Championship - paused. It's not a burning desire to have to be the youngest to do something.

In fact, the last European golfer to win the PGA Championship before Harrington lost the sight in his left eye in World War I.

"Hopefully we'll get out there, have a good feeling, get on a good run and we can have a good week".

The Australian world No.7 is now four shots off the pace after carding a one-over score through his opening 10 holes at Quail Hollow on Thursday. "I'm simply stating there won't be added expectations or pressure".

"I don't need to be the youngest". Would it be really cool?

He is lacking only the Masters, and he hasn't come particularly close in the three years he has gone to Augusta National with a chance to complete it.

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Rickie made Quail Hollow the site of his first ever PGA Tour victory in 2012 and he was 4th here past year. But instead of collapsing, he almost drove the 14th green, starting a remarkable tear that will long be remembered by the same competitors he's trying to face down this week. On six occasions (a tournament record) he has finished second at the U.S. Open, doing so for the first time at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999.

Victory would make him the first Japanese man - and only the second Asian man after South Korean Y.E. Yang (2009 PGA Championship) - to win a Major. "... It just has a better flow to it".

"Operationally, we think the championship just sets up well here", Bevacqua said Wednesday at a press conference.

McIlroy has labeled Spieth the favorite in a bit of gamesmanship likely designed not to praise Caesar but to bury him.

History shows a handful of very good players captured three legs of the career slam but fell painfully shy of collecting that fourth trophy. Fowler took the title here in 2012 with an impressive play-off win over McIlroy and DA Points to land his first PGA Tour title. "I call it resilience".

"You do think about that".

Since 1959 - except for one year - it has been the final major of the season. No one understands that better than Spieth.

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Spieth shies from the favourite role, saying, "I'd say Rory is probably the guy to beat". Tiger, when he was not winning by a mile, could do that to other players.

The thought of a Palmer-Nicklaus rivalry revival excites not only fans but the players themselves, for it is the stuff of legends.

After winning at Chambers Bay to get halfway to the calendar Grand Slam, he felt slightly different at the British Open. Commissioner Jay Monahan said changes made to the course over the years will enhance its ability to "deliver the same firm and fast conditions in March that we have been delivering in May, and that's something we are going to hold ourselves accountable to because we want the standard of play to be at the same high level it is now".

"That doesn't mean that I'm playing badly". This is worth noting: None of the five players who completed a career slam needed more than three attempts to finish it. Not anything else other than that.

He's always going to be one of my favoured picks whenever a major comes around and that's so often for sentimental reasons.

That fear belongs to everyone else.

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