PGA Championship 2017: Brian Harman excited to compete at 'improved' Quail Hollow

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In emphasising the appeal of one of sport's most courted - and lucrative - positions, Rory McIlroy admits he has been "inundated" with offers from potential caddies.

One day before the opening round of the 99th PGA Championship, Jordan Spieth is not feeling it. "They are fair", McIlroy said.

Former world number one in pro-golfing, Adam Scott, thinks the Quail Hollow renovation is the equivalent of a person who undergoes a facelift just for the sake of it, not because it is needed.

Padraig Harrington's third major win in MI in 2008 bridged an awfully long gap for golfers on this side of the pond.

"We've been inundated with people wanting to have a chance to carry the bag".

McIlroy employed his childhood best friend Harry Diamond for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and this week's USPGA Championship.

"I think if you look at this year, the U.S. Open played more like a PGA normally plays, and this one might play more like a U.S. Open normally plays", Sweden's 2016 British Open victor told Reuters after his Wednesday practice. "I like the golf course better then, even though it tends to be a bit windier".

"For at least these two weeks I wanted to have someone I knew beside me".

After all, Tom Watson was 32 and Arnold Palmer was 31 when they first went to the PGA Championship with a chance to get the career slam.

The sense thus created was that this was a tournament for Americans, invariably played on luscious, sun-drenched parkland courses, and more likely to be won by a Tin Cup slugger from Idaho than a household name on the European Tour.

Hend, who lives in the United States, will be contending for the year's final Major championship against the elite field at Quail Hollow Club.

Asked what odds he'd give himself, McIlroy cited two wins in eight starts at Quail Hollow - "8-2, decent odds". Anirban Lahiri previously has recorded the best ever finish for an Indian golfer at the PGA Championships in 2015 when he finished fifth. "I'm past that point".

"Last week I really enjoyed myself with Harry".

"That's always a bit of relief", said Lahiri, whose tied third at CIMB Classic late previous year in the wrap-around season, and tied 2nd at the Memorial, sealed his card.

Spieth's first shot at the Slam is a huge boost for the PGA, which, despite its now discarded slogan, "Glory's last shot", sometimes has had an enervated, anti-climactic feel to it. My health is pretty much where it needs to be. "The PGA is such a great brand, and they do a lot for the game, and a lot of these guys wouldn't be where they are without a PGA professional, and I'm no different". It's a golf course I've played well on before. That is something that will definitely help me on the course.

"We think the championship just sets up well here at Quail Hollow", PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua said on Wednesday. That Wentworth event is to be played in September when the changes come into effect. "You do think whatever happens, I've already won the Masters and it's incredible", Garcia said. That's a good thing.

Starting in the 2019 season the PGA Tour will now have one large scale tournament from March through July: The PLAYERS in March, The Masters in April, The PGA Championship in May, The U.S. Open in June and the Open Championship in July.



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