PGA Championship starts under sunny skies at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE NC- AUGUST 08 Rickie Fowler of the United States walks up a fairway under an umbrella during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club

He is a lesson in resiliency, leadership, intensity, and respect.

Numerous big names are playing early, including world number one Dustin Johnson and British Open victor Jordan Spieth, who could become the youngest man ever to complete the career grand slam if he wins.

On the course, he wears his emotions on his sleeve and lets the whole world in to watch and hear his thoughts as he and caddy Michael Greller strategize every move and discuss each shot.

Spieth doesn't see his greatest challenge as the history at stake.

Spieth shook off an epic meltdown on the 12th at Augusta National at the 2016 Masters, regained his composure and birdied 13 and 15 and just missed a birdie on 16.

Looking back, Spieth said he should have gone down the right side of the 17th hole. And right when it looked as though Spieth might throw away another major, he almost made an ace and followed that with an eagle on his way to winning the British Open. He then proceeded to birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie his way to the greatest finish ever.

The PGA Championship started on time under a cloudless sky at Quail Hollow on Thursday. "I think that plays to my advantage".

A club pro's path to the PGA Championship leads through section championships and the PGA Professional National Championship, where the top 20 finishers earn invitations.

Rory has twice won the US PGA Championship but his 2014 success was the last time he has won a major championship.

Spieth, who also won the 2015 Masters and US Open, would become the youngest golfer to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the Wanamaker Trophy here, being 190 days younger than Woods was when he won the 2000 Open Championship. What a story it would be if he could continue his stellar play and complete his mission this week at Quail Hollow. But the PGA of America can't imagine having its major championship without them for the message it sends. This is one of the four pivotal weeks of the year that we focus on. "That takes that pressure, that expectation away".

"How? I don't know. It's not a burning desire to have to be the youngest to do something, and that would be the only reason there would be added expectations".

"One of the bigger regrets that I've had in golf", Spieth said.

"Everyone has been so welcoming to us that we feel like we are a part of this week, even though we're (taking) a little different route", he said.

Spieth said he's still pumped up about what he accomplished across the pond. "Although I've never tried to get the last leg, so it's easy for me to say".

"There will be pressure", he said. But I'm fighting back and I feel like the game is as good as it was before then.

"If I was truly free, I wouldn't have cared", he said. "But at the same time, it doesn't mean that you're not going to go out there and try as hard you can, because that's what we do".

Spieth has looked more free and relaxed than I've seen him in the past. Matsuyama, one of the runners-up at this year's U.S. Open, is now on a heater.

Jordan Spieth already has shown a remarkable sense of the moment.

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