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Five players to watch at the 99th PGA Championship

10 August 2017

"I don't need to be the youngest".

'I'm not putting that much pressure on myself. "It's not a burning desire to have to be the youngest to do something, and that is the only reason there would be added expectations".

Outside the top two, Hideki Matsuyama, who was in sparkling form when winning the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last week can be backed at 12/1, the unsafe Dustin Johnson is available at 14/1, and Rickie Fowler, who has yet to pick up his first Major but has recorded five top tens in his last seven tournaments is priced up at around 18/1. My swing was behaving a little bit more the way I want it.

"I'm happy that I can't add pressure to this week. I'm looking for a really good week this week".

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Spieth says the biggest challenge will be taming the 7,600-yard North Carolina course, with thunderstorms and rain forecast for the next four days.

"I come into Quail Hollow here on a very, very hard track, and one that's going to be kind of wet and long, which puts even more of a premium on finding the fairway", Spieth said. His last major win was the 2014 PGA Championship, but he comes into this tournament having finished in the top 10 in two of the three majors this year.

During his pre-tournament press conference prior to the start of the PGA, McIlroy was asked about his caddie situation, including if anyone had approached him yet regarding the position.

The venue hosts this event annually and the 28 year old has bought the course it to its knees on more than one occasion.

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"That doesn't mean that I'm playing badly".

A win would see McIlroy become only the third player to win five majors before turning 30, joining Nicklaus and Woods. Back in April, I predicted that Sergio Garcia would hold the first round lead at the Masters (he didn't) but that he wouldn't close (he did), so kudos if you're still sticking around for these. Johnson, who won three straight tournaments earlier this year, largely hasn't been the same since a fall caused him to withdraw from the Masters.

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.

If you are interested in finding out the current odds on the golfers that, in the betting markets at least, do appear to have the best chances of winning or at least getting placed in one of the top six positions, then below we will give you an insight into the odds now and generally available on those golfers! "I would have taken it down the right side".

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Five players to watch at the 99th PGA Championship