Speith: McIlroy a Favorite at PGA Championship

It’s PGA Championship week at Quail Hollow and Jordan Speith’s predictions at Firestone have been creating a buzz. “Rory’s probably the guy to beat at this point,” Jordan Spieth said Sunday after finishing play in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. “I played with him the first two days and the way that he is driving the golf ball, if he continues to do it there, he just has a massive advantage over the field.”

Quail Hollow is a demanding golf course from the tee as it’s long fairways and tough rough leave small room for error. McIlroy doesn’t seem to feel the pressure of being the favorite. “If I’m the favorite, I’m the favorite. I’m happy with that. Means I’m playing well,” McIlroy said. “Much different than when I went into my last major. It’s amazing what two (tournaments) can do. Such is life.”

“The tracks are always really good. I really enjoy some of the courses we’ve been to in a PGA Championship. They suit my style of game, they’re long and not too narrow. And in August it’s usually humid, and conditions are a little bit softer and that obviously plays into my hands as well.”

Both he and Rickie Fowler have won at Quail Hollow giving them an advantage over the field. McIlroy also set the course record in 2015 with a 3rd round 61.

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