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The best way to ensure he'll get his shot at next year's Masters, is to take home the PGA Championship and never give Spieth a chance.

Spaniard Garcia won his first major title at the Masters in April to end years of frustration while Koepka's first major title came at the US Open at Erin Hills in June. Rounds of 67, 69 left him tied for third on four under at halfway with world No 2 Hideki Matsuyama and Zach Johnson, who won the Open Rory sat out in 2015. Casey has finished 26th or better in nine straight events, with includes five top-10 finishes during that span. Casey hasn't missed a cut since the Sony Open back in January, and he's second in greens in regulation percentage and sixth in scoring average. In many ways apart from my wins at Malaysian Open and Hero Indian Open that year, it was the PGA performance that brought me into the spotlight at a higher level and got me closer to the US Tour.

"You look at Jack Nicklaus, he went through a stretch where he didn't win a major in three years", McIlroy said after tying for fourth at Royal Birkdale.

Kiwi Danny Lee tees off with Marc Leishman (Australia) and Indian star Anirban Lahiri. The course is going to surely play much tougher now as it has undergone major renovations.

"It's going to kind of space everything out a little bit more instead of it all being kind of crammed together", said top-ranked Dustin Johnson. A stroke here or a stroke there, and Stenson could have easily won this event multiple times.

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"I know everybody likes time off from work, but I really don't".

McIlroy is playing well and is in contention Sunday at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational following up his great finish at the Open Championship. That goes a long way, even when he doesn't have his best stuff. Five Top 15s including a win since the Players Championship in May. Last year: Walker held on for par on the 18th hole at Baltusrol for a 3-under 67 and a one-shot victory over Jason Day.

"Feeling better, a lot better than I have, and it's nice", Walker said at a news conference Tuesday at Quail Hollow.

As part of the reported changes, The Players Championship, which had been contested in May since 2007, will return to its previous position in March.

In addition to the PGA Championship being played this week, this year's schedule has the Tour Championship set for September 21-24, which will be Week 3 of the NFL's regular season and Week 4 for major college football.