Rory McIlroy has traditionally dominated the Quail Hollow golf club, winning two Wells Fargo Championships and losing another in a playoff in his seven trips to the North Carolina course. Will he still be able to master the exclusive links after extensive changes transformed the track from a Tour stop to a PGA Championship host?
Administrators at Quail Hollow shut the course down for 12 weeks prior to 2017’s final major, making changes aimed at preventing another -21 round — the score with which McIlroy won the 2015 Championship by a whopping seven strokes — from the dynamic Northern Irelander. Four new holes have been added, including a monster 540-yard par-4 that will welcome contenders as they start their round. Fairways have been narrowed, the rough has gotten rougher, and the greens have gotten bigger and faster.
All those changes should create a welcome challenge for a field that includes each of the world’s top-10 golfers. While McIlroy is the favorite, he’ll have to fend off challenges from young powerhouses like Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and Hideki Matsuyama to win his third PGA Championship.
Spieth will tee off Thursday in one of the tournament’s most interesting groups. The 2017 British Open champion will join the season’s two other major winners, Sergio Garcia (Masters) and Brooks
Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/golf/2017/8/10/16114876/pga-championship-2017-tv-coverage-schedule-thursday-round-1
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