Almost man Fowler grabs early PGA Championship lead

Almost man Fowler grabs early PGA Championship lead

"I'm a little under the radar this year, and I don't mind it", Spieth acknowledged, "but at the same time, this tournament will always be circled until hopefully I win it one day". Phil Mickelson hasn't won one since 2013.

"Geez, I mean, 18 months ago the guy couldn't walk", he said.

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

The PGA Championship's slogan used to read: "Glory's Last Shot".

"The only thing I haven't done is win enough", McIlroy said. "So he's shown over the past few years he's mentally very good, so I'm sure he won't have a problem". "I played in a lot of final groups and I haven't played well enough when it has counted".

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".

The 31-year-old ended his round, which included back-to-back birdies to finish, in a tie for fifth, with leader American Rickie Fowler (-5) and American Austin Cook (-3) ahead of him in the clubhouse, but had since moved back into a tie for ninth.

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Meanwhile, European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has pulled out on the eve of the tournament with a back injury.

The fourth major of the year -which has a massive 156-man field - has seen big names and no-names capture its top spot and this year will likely be no different.

Soon it was time for a walk down Tiger Woods Memory Lane, with Molinari being asked to reflect on caddying at the US Masters for his brother Edoardo, who happened to be playing in a group with Woods.

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"Since I've been playing well, and particularly since I've been playing well in the majors, I tend to look at them more".

"A lot of careers are defined on major championships". I didn't really have those issues when I was early in my career because I didn't have a fixed point in my back.

"I feel like I'm just showing up to catch Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, I wouldn't do that".

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