PGA Championship starts under sunny skies at Quail Hollow

  • PGA Championship starts under sunny skies at Quail Hollow

PGA Championship starts under sunny skies at Quail Hollow

Alongside Spieth in the feature group were the year's two other major winners, Spain's Sergio Garcia from the Masters, who made a 10-foot birdie putt at the 10th, and American Brooks Koepka from the US Open, who lipped out from five feet for birdie and settled for par. The club underwent an extensive 12-week renovation leading up to its first PGA Championship, adding three new holes and drastically changing several others. "He has won some events really showing some grit".

Rory McIlroy, a two-time victor at Quail Hollow, and defending champion Jimmy Walker are among those who start in the afternoon half of the draw.

Spieth, who also won the 2015 Masters and US Open, also would become the youngest golfer to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the Wanamaker Trophy here, being 190 days younger than Woods was when he won the 2000 British Open.

McIlroy, missing only the Masters to complete his own career Grand Slam, hasn't won a major since the 2014 PGA Championship. Johnson has to have a quick start and keep the momentum in the process of time. DJ has since missed the cut at the US Open, before finishing back in 54th at the Open. If McIlroy will play aggressive, he will have a chance to have an early lead.

Jimmy Walker became the seventh first time victor of the USPGA in eight years when he tasted success at Baltusrol last year.

Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan and Bubba Watson during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club
Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan and Bubba Watson during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Getty Images

"He's a special guy", four-time major victor Ernie Els said.

Earlier in the article we mentioned both Matsuyama and Fowler as potential maiden major winners.

You can follow all 72 holes (and possibly more) of the 2017 PGA Championship on your laptop, tablet, or phone thanks to the magic of the internet. Meanwhile, with three-top-5 finishes in his last seven majors, WGC Bridgestone Invitational victor Matsuyama will definitely be a popular pick to become Japan's first ever major victor.

Dustin Johnson's name will always be included as one of the favorites to be on top of the PGA leaderboard during the first round. Standing in his way is Quail Hollow specialist, Rory McIlroy.

The Holywood golfer is still looking for his first win of the season and, judging by the tracker at the Quail Hollow range, that winless run is nothing to do with his driver.