Five things you need to know about the US PGA Championship 2017

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Jordan Spieth also has major motivation and can be the youngest ever to complete the Grand Slam with a win.

Arguably golf's best player without a major championship title gets another chance to shed that distinction this week at the PGA Championship - 3 weeks after coming tantalizingly close at the British Open, overtaken by Jordan Spieth's late surge.

The 24-year-old is now looking to emulate Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in making it a clean sweep, though he insists that the growing expectation levels will not weigh him down at Quail Hollow.

"I just don't feel it [added pressure]", Spieth said on Wednesday during his news conference.

"I feel like three years (without winning a major) has been too long".

Spieth, who won The Masters and US Open in 2015, as well as this year's Open Championship, turned 24 on 27 July.

"So hopefully I can turn it around and start playing some good golf here". "Then I can reassess how these couple of weeks have went with Harry on the bag, and then we'll see what I do for the play-offs after that".

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Jordan Spieth believes his world-beating 2015 season has prepared him for his chance to become the youngest victor of the career grand slam.

Bobby Jones won the original Grand Slam in 1930, capturing the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur in the same season.

Another feature of the PGA Championship is it's quite sizable silverware. "You do think whatever happens, I've already won the Masters and it's awesome", Garcia said. You're going to lose some tournaments because of it, but you're going to win a lot more than playing any other way. This is going to be one of the most challenging tracks I think that we have played.

"I was trying to do too many things, and my mind got a little bit away from what really made me good to get to number one and how much I practiced".

However, Quail Hollow has long-since been regarded as the domain of Rory McIlroy, sufficiently so to make him the favourite for the tournament.

He holed a 50-foot birdie putt to tie for the lead with two holes to go at St. Andrews. Here are some golfers we think will contend for the victory. Maybe he'll prove me wrong (he probably will!), but I'm out on Spieth completing the Slam this week at Quail Hollow.

"I was kind of exhausted at the end of it and I didn't have enough time to reflect on what I accomplished, but also to relax and try and replace all the energy that expelled during the year that I had".


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