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He earned his PGA Tour card by holing a bunker shot on the 18th hole and winning a playoff.

That was his third major, and it brought Spieth, newly 24, to the grandest moment of all.

Spieth has looked more free and relaxed than I've seen him in the past. "I'm so happy about that, that I can't add pressure to this week", he said. But the PGA of America can't imagine having its major championship without them for the message it sends. The Players had been contested two weeks prior to the Masters for many years prior to moving in 2007. So there will certainly be pressure. "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".

So do Dustin Johnson and Jason Day. Each of the world's top-10 golfers will be at Quail Hollow this week, including one who has historically mastered the course.

However, the World No.1 played well at both the RBC Canadian Open (T8) and the WGC at Bridgestone (T17), and if he fires out of the blocks on Thursday then he'll have a cracking chance of grabbing his second major. "But he is one to fear in that position because of what he's capable of doing and how he's going to do it".

"Significant changes to the global golfing calendar have given us the opportunity to move the BMW PGA Championship to a more favorable date from 2019 onwards", said Keith Pelley, the CEO of the European Tour. That victory gave Spieth three-fourths of the career Grand Slam, and if he can win the PGA Championship, he would join the game's all-time greats.

"Almost like I've accomplished something so great this year that anything else that happens, I can accept", he said. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods never got that far.

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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. A par on the final hole ended his dream of the Grand Slam. The damage had been done and Danny Willet would go on to win by three shots, but Spieth's ability to bounce back after such a disastrous turn spoke volumes.

"This is going to be one of the most challenging tracts I think we've played", Spieth said. "If I don't pull off the shot, I hit it out-of-bounds, big whup". It was playing extremely tough. I'm about as free and relaxed at a major than I think I've ever felt. "I would have taken it down the right side".

What does he have to lose? Meanwhile, with three-top-5 finishes in his last seven majors, WGC Bridgestone Invitational victor Matsuyama will definitely be a popular pick to become Japan's first ever major victor.

"You do think whatever happens, I've already won the Masters and it's awesome", Garcia said.

"It's just that indescribable trait that he has to find a way to get it done, find the will to win. That's the only way we know how to play".

That couldn't be until 2024 at the earliest, given the PGA Championship sites are set for the next six years. The 28-year-old from Northern Ireland could become only the third player to win five majors before turning 30, joining Nicklaus and Woods.

Which is why it's hard to believe he says he won't put "added expectations or pressure" on himself this week at Quail Hollow as he attempts to become the youngest player to win a career grand slam. "And hopefully, we don't have to have this conversation in 10 years".