Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rory McIlroy says he has nothing to prove ahead of PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy says he has nothing to prove ahead of PGA Championship

The PGA Championship has been played in August every year save one since 1971, but this week's Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte will be the next to last: Beginning in 2019, it'll permanently move to May and become the year's second major.

"But it's going to be different".

The Northern Irishman is yet to win this year and hasn't added to his four Majors since 2014 but showed at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at the weekend, where he could not buy a putt yet still finished in a tie for fifth, that he is extremely close. Spieth's solid all-around game, with a foundation built on elite play from the fairway and solid putting, should match up well with Quail Hollow. For Spieth, a win would be on a course he has never competed on - the Wells Fargo Championship has remained off his schedule.

"But I feel like everything's settled". But I'm excited to be here.

A May date could pose a challenge for the courses in the Northeast and Upper Midwest which frequently host the PGA Championship, but it would also open up courses in Southern states such as Texas and Florida, where golf is hugely popular but where majors have rarely been contested. He may be even higher on this list at the Masters next year.

The final major of the 2016-17 season is upon us, and it should be a great one.

"My chance doesn't come until April next year in the Masters, so I can play well but if Jordan plays better, then Jordan plays better and I take my hat off to him".

Hideki Matsuyama (12-1): Before Spieth won The Claret Jug, Hideki was the No. 2 player in the world and looked like it last week at The WGC Bridgestone, tying a course record 61 on Sunday to win the event by 5.

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"I'm a big supporter of it", McIlroy said.

"I definitely don't want to be in the mindset this week of wanting to make any type of statement or go out and prove myself", McIlroy said. Obviously, I wouldn't have won as much as I would have liked this year, and there's been a few components to that, injury-wise, changing equipment and stuff. Day was trying to join Tiger Woods as the only players to win back-to-back in the PGA in stroke play.

The PGA Championship long has been the "other" golf major, one that not only doesn't have the cachet of the Masters, U.S. Open or British Open, but also comes significantly later in the year, after many casual fans have begun shifting their focus to football.

"I know what I need to work on", said Spieth.

"No, I don't think it owes me one", he said about the 2010 PGA title that eluded him. Can you imagine if he won all four majors by the age of 24 and did it on McIlroy's turf (where he has two wins)?

Rod Pampling was the last of the Australians playing both events but found the going tough at the brutally long and tight Firestone course.

'The nice thing for me is I'm going there knowing it won't be set up too differently from the PGA Tour, ' said McIlroy.

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