PGA Championship Predictions: One Of These Five Golfers Will Win Wanamaker Trophy

Bob Sowards

"I'm sure Jordan feels a little bit different this week than he does the other three majors, but that's normal", McIlroy said.

"As long as I can get my game and ball into shape, it could be a good week". "I was fresh, in form, going to a place where if I worked up the leaderboard I could create a lot of noise".

That trio and top-ranked Dustin Johnson are oddsmakers favorites for the year's last major event on a rain-softened course where length will help but second shots into tight landing areas will be critical.

"It's advantageous for the guys who hit the ball in the air and can carry it a long way".

McIlroy added: "And the feelings that I have now, it's just hard for me to get into those positions, and if I do get into those positions, it will make me a better wedge player".

"If you're able to hit the ball well and put the ball in the right sections, you'll see a bunch of birdies".


Fleetwood played with eventual champion Justin Thomas in his opening two rounds at Quail Hollow previous year and says he learned "a few things" from watching the American on the way to his first major title.

"He had to learn how to move again. I mean, 18 months ago the guy couldn't walk", McIlroy said. He's 20th on the Ryder Cup points list and needs to get into the top eight to secure a spot without having to be one of the four captain's picks. "I would like to compete in some more Majors". As I said last week, I'm trending. "I've given myself a lot of chances". He's a combined 46-under-par at the PGA since 2013 and has recorded four top-10s in his last five appearances. He would join Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen in the feat with a victory.

Unfortunately for Woods, Tuesday's weather didn't cooperate, twice interrupting practice-round play for the PGA Championship, and Woods only got a handful of holes in, leaving him to do more homework on Wednesday than he'd prefer for a major championship.

Three different golfers - Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari - have claimed the first three majors of the year, so golf's fourth and final major is as wide-open as ever.

"It's going to be the quintessential target golf", McIlroy said.

That could reduce some edge for big hitters.

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