Rory, Jordan share top billing at PGA Championship

Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:12pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - The return from injury by Rory McIlroy to defend his title at this week's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits gives the year's final major extra spice as Jordan Spieth aims to carve out another slice of golf history.

World number one McIlroy and second-ranked Spieth have between them won four of the last five majors played and, aged just 26 and 22 respectively, they are likely to dominate the game at the highest level for some time to come.

Much of the focus at Whistling Straits will be on the remarkable Spieth, who will be seeking to join fellow Americans Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods as the only players in the modern era to have won three majors in a single year.

Hogan was the first to complete the hat-trick, in 1953, and Woods followed suit in 2000.

Having claimed the Masters in April and the U.S. Open in June, Spieth fell agonizingly short in his bid to land the first three majors of the season as he tied for fourth in last month's British Open at St. Andrews one shot short of joining a playoff.

"I recognize there's only been a couple times that people have won three majors in a year, and that would be just such special company," Spieth said while preparing for Thursday's opening round at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

"But just like at the (British) Open Championship, when I get there, it's just going to be about that tournament, and that's all that will be on my mind ... not thinking about three in a row (or) grand slam.

"It will take a little bit off my shoulders, and it will be very easy for me to just focus on it as a tournament."   Continued...

Aug 10, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA; Rory McIlroy chips onto the 16th green during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straights-The Straits Course.  Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports