August 21, 2017

McIlroy favourite at US PGA Championship, says Beem

09 August 2017, 07:15 | Christie Tate

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The 2017 PGA Championship gets underway Thursday, but golf's fourth major reportedly soon will become its second. Hadwin plays this event for the first time. According to Las Vegas, he is the most likely to win this golf tournament. But who else is included?

"I still feel like the golf course gives you plenty of chances". Let's get to the group of nine from which the 99th PGA Championship victor will come.

But Northern Ireland's golden boy, Rory McIlroy, is also expected to show his class during the event to prove that he has what it takes to be victorious. The most startling thing is that he somehow seems to be improving with the driver in his hands. Walker was a +12500 long shot when he won it past year, and he is listed at +10000 this time around. If he fixes that this week, he'll lap the field.

Paired with his previous strong play at Quail Hollow, and McIlroy is seen as the smart money in Las Vegas.

"I had a different path, and my game is progressing, which is what it's all about".

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He also owns two PGA Championship titles from 2012 and 2014, but hasn't won a major since lifting the Wanamaker Trophy three years ago. Asked how he would sum up a year if that was his only win, McIlroy emphasised that majors are the name of the game, stressing: 'It would be an absolutely great year, no question'.

Jordan Spieth - At this point it's kind of stupid to put together a golf card and not include Jordan Spieth. The course couldn't host two tournaments, particularly with one being a major, in that time frame. He is great for the sport and I sent him a text after he won The Open telling him that. But then a fall at his rental home in Augusta the day before the Masters caused him to skip the first major of 2017 and it's been a work in progress to get back to that winning form. This course is set up for players who drive it well.

It comes at a critical juncture in the 28-year-old's career.

The PGA Tour is making some big changes starting in 2019, so don't worry you have time to prepare. That's right, it's Garcia. The Year of the Sergio? Three shots separated him from American pace-setter Jimmy Walker, who defends his PGA title next week, with Belgian Thomas Pieters on five under. The event will mark his second appearance at the PGA Championships and his 12th PGA event overall. Last year: Walker held on for par on the 18th hole at Baltusrol for a 3-under 67 and a one-shot victory over Jason Day.

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