McIlroy is still major dreaming

Jordan Spieth's dramatic victory at Royal Birkdale, adding the 2017 Open Championship to his Masters and US Open victories in 2015, means he travels to Quail Hollow in North Carolina this week needing to win to become just the sixth player to complete a career grand slam, as well as the youngest, surpassing the record of 14-time major victor Tiger Woods.

This is where McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event in 2010 when he fearlessly fired a 4-iron into the breeze and over the water to 6 feet for an eagle that allowed him to make the cut on the number, and then he followed with a 66-62 weekend.

The last chance to win a Major in 2017 is here, who can take the pressure and claim the Wanamaker Trophy?

Two-time US PGA champion Rory McIlroy backed the plans.

Kiwi Danny Lee tees off with Marc Leishman (Australia) and Indian star Anirban Lahiri. Monahan said "mid-March" was the target date for The Players, which means the Tour's marquee golf event and NCAA basketball will be on the First Coast in successive weeks.

Marc Leishman is Australia's third big hope at the PGA and while he struggled over the first three rounds found something on Sunday with his only sub-par score of the tournament. I don't feel any added pressure because of that.

"I've always played at Wyndham and (Mark) Brazil (the tournament director) is a great friend so I love going there so it's a no-brainer for me", said Horschel who is having a good season and is ranked No. 23 on the FedEx Cup points list.

Branden Grace - Branden Grace is another guy who shows up under the bright lights, as he has five top-six finishes in majors since 2015, which includes a third place finish in the 2015 PGA Championship and fourth place finish previous year. That goes a long way, even when he doesn't have his best stuff. Day has just two top-10 finishes in 2017. My health is pretty much where it needs to be so I just want to go out there and play well this week.

McIlroy nearly feels like he can roll out of bed and play well at Quail Hollow.

Spieth saw his two-tournament winning streak come to an end last week when he finished 13th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

The Players, contested at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, will be held in May one more year under the expected schedule changes.

"The catalyst behind the change was golf's return to the Olympics". I'm going to continue to work hard on it and hopefully we're going to have a good week. "I do feel good on that front".

With the victory at Royal Birkdale, Spieth joined the iconic Jack Nicklaus as only the second golfer to prevail at three of the sport's four majors before the age of 24.

  • Leroy Wright