Since 2010, he ranks first on the PGA Tour at Quail Hollow for scoring average, score to par, birdies and eagles, and top tens.
Of course, in golf it can be folly to champion one player’s chances, especially with Spieth gunning for the grand slam and the current depth of talent in the game. This time I read that 97 of them will be there at Quail Hollow.
At the majors, Scott contended at the Masters and tied for ninth but missed the cut at the US Open and finished 22nd at the British Open.
Spieth, who turned 24 on July 27, will attempt to complete the career Grand Slam.
Jimmy Walker defends the title he won past year at Baltusrol, where he claimed his first major with a one stroke victory over defending champion and the world number one at the time, Jason Day. My health is pretty much where it needs to be so I just want to go out there and play well this week.
It will be a three-year major win drought if McIlroy doesn’t take the title next week. Johnson has never won the PGA Championship, but has finished in the top 10 four times.
That’s a great tagline the TV Networks were asked by The PGA Tour to ditch a few years ago and have since changed to “the season’s final Major”. He joins Tom Watson and the late Arnold Palmer in only lacking the PGA Championship.
Jordan Spieth. There’s another reason for my confidence in Rory this week. The PGA Championship is being hosted for the first time by the Quail Hollow Club, near the city of Charlotte in the U.S. state of North Carolina.
The four-times major victor was installed as 7-1 favorite over British Open champion Jordan Spieth, rated at 8-1 by online betting service Bovada in his quest to complete a career grand slam.
Winning all four majors is so hard that the likes of Arnold Palmer, Walter Hagen, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Tommy Armour of Scotland and Raymond Floyd were not able to claim the elusive final leg of the Slam.
Rory McIlroy (7-1): It is well publicized that Rory is a horse for this course.
The 37-year-old Scott plans to return at the BMW Championship, the third play-offs fixture, but can only qualify for the September 14 event if his points tally is enough to stay inside the top 70.
Hend used his length to great advantage in that third round and will find the wider playing corridors at next week’s host venue, Quail Hollow, to his liking.
More broadly, it plays to a long-yearned-for narrative: that finally, the McIlroy-Spieth rivalry can ignite. The 16th hole is a Par-4, 506-yard dog leg right requiring golfers to hit a near ideal drive to avoid the severe downslope on the left side of the landing area which runs into the lake.
“If I’m the favourite, I’m the favourite”, he said on Sunday. Can Rickie get a first? Put simply, McIlroy has been the best and most consistent player on the golf course.