Ewan Murray at Quail Hollow

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Name: Ewan Murray at Quail Hollow
Date registered: August 8, 2017
URL: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/golf

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  1. Justin Thomas wins US PGA and confirms years of potential — August 13, 2017
  2. Rory McIlroy admits rib injury may rule him out for rest of year after US PGA — August 13, 2017
  3. Kevin Kisner leads US PGA but players make hard work on day three — August 13, 2017
  4. Hideki Matsuyama’s brilliant 64 reels in Kevin Kisner at US PGA — August 11, 2017
  5. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy muddle their US PGA Championship lines — August 10, 2017

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Aug 13

Justin Thomas wins US PGA and confirms years of potential

• American emerges from pack to take first major by two strokes
• Britain’s Jordan Smith earns invitation to 2018 US PGA

What a role reversal. Three weeks ago, as a close friend and Open Championship housemate, Justin Thomas swigged from the Claret Jug won by Jordan Spieth. Perhaps this part in a Sunday blowout provided the final piece of inspiration needed by Thomas to press home years of promise. Now he, the US PGA Champion, can fill the Wanamaker Trophy with whatever he chooses. The run of first-time major winners is now eight from the last nine such events.

Related: US PGA Championship 2017: final round – as it happened

Related: Rory McIlroy admits rib injury may rule him out for rest of year after US PGA

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/13/justin-thomas-wins-us-pga-confirms-years-potential

Aug 13

Rory McIlroy admits rib injury may rule him out for rest of year after US PGA

• Northern Irishman has been troubled all year, with pain moving to his back
• ‘Right now I can feel my left rhomboid going into spasm’

Rory McIlroy may not play competitive golf again this year after using the conclusion to his US PGA Championship to reveal the extent to which a rib injury is still affecting him. McIlroy himself raised the possibility of skipping the remainder of 2017.

The Northern Irishman has been troubled since January, with pain transferring into his back. Having initially taken time off in an attempt to cure the problem, McIlroy returned for the key part of the season but has not enjoyed the results he would like, especially in majors. After signing for a final round of 68 here, meaning a total of one over, the 28-year-old spoke openly about his fitness troubles.

Related: US PGA Championship 2017: final round – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/13/rory-mcilroy-us-pga-injury

Aug 13

Kevin Kisner leads US PGA but players make hard work on day three

• Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama one shot behind Kevin Kisner
• Struggles illustrated by lack of a single birdie at 1st hole on Saturday

The 99th playing of the US PGA Championship has sporting parallels. There is, for example, the grim scoreless draw that football hipsters insist is wonderfully entertaining on grounds of defensive performance. Factor in a dour five-day cricket Test that ends without a winner and a fuller picture can be drawn.

Somebody will prevail at this major – eventually – but the event has already triggered a debate. Those seeking spine-tingling entertainment need look elsewhere. On a tense third day, during which standing still was valuable to many of those in the upper echelons of the leaderboard, golf purists insisted this is what major championship play should be all about. It is, though, a hard sell. The margin between good and bad shots has at times been impossible to decipher.

Related: US PGA Championship 2017: third round – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/13/kevin-kisner-leads-us-pga-chris-stroud-hideki-matsuyama

Aug 11

Hideki Matsuyama’s brilliant 64 reels in Kevin Kisner at US PGA

• Japanese now eight under with American after weather delay
• Rory McIlroy makes cut but says course is two shots harder than usual

To the certainties in this world being death and taxes, maybe weather delays should be added when it comes to the US PGA Championship. Perhaps the upcoming switch of this event to May is a smarter idea than anybody has given the PGA of America credit for. Someone, somewhere appears deeply against the tournament in its current position.

Suspension of play, shortly before 5pm local time on Friday, ensured a sixth such scenario in a row at this championship. Menacing skies delivered the predicted storm, with tournament officials encountering their latest organisational headache as they seek to conclude this major on time. At least they have been in this movie before. A wider danger resonates in more ominous forecasts on Saturday and Sunday.

Related: US PGA Championship: Day and Matsuyama challenge after Kisner sets pace!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/11/hideki-matsuyama-us-pga-leader-kevin-kisner-weather

Aug 10

Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy muddle their US PGA Championship lines

Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner set the early pace at four under, with the majority of the big names back in the pack at Quail Hollow

Proof that the 99th US PGA Championship will not be the domain of only two players should not have been necessary. Nonetheless, such a prompt was probably useful. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the dynamic duo who dominated pre-tournament discussion, matched opening-round scores.

That the number in question is 72, one-over par, is hardly cause to rule either of them out of lifting the Wanamaker Trophy but it will also offer incentive to others in the field. The early signs are this will be an attritional major.

Related: US PGA Championship 2017: first round – as it happened

Related: PGA date switch makes sense for US but is troublesome for European Tour | Ewan Murray

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/10/rory-mcilroy-jordan-spieth-us-pga-championship

Aug 09

Danny Willett works with Tiger Woods’ former coach in attempt to end slump

• 2016 Masters winner parts company with long-time coach Pete Cowen
• Sean Foley coached Woods between 2010 and 2014

Danny Willett’s latest bid to reverse a dreadful run of form has seen the 2016 Masters champion part company with long-time coach Pete Cowen. Sean Foley, who previously coached Tiger Woods and currently tutors Justin Rose, started an alliance with the troubled Willett at this week’s US PGA Championship. Willett had his first session with Foley on Tuesday before a practise round in the company of Rose later in the day.

Related: Jordan Spieth says he feels no pressure attempting grand slam record

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/09/danny-willett-tiger-woods-former-coach-us-pga-golf

Aug 09

Jordan Spieth says he feels no pressure attempting grand slam record

• Spieth would become the youngest to complete feat if he wins the US PGA
• McIlroy shows his power in final practice round at Quail Hollow

If words and demeanour are anything to go by, the only heat Jordan Spieth will feel in the coming days will come from the brutal Charlotte humidity. Whatever else may mentally burden Spieth at Quail Hollow, external expectation won’t.

Spieth stands on the brink of history. On Sunday evening, he could be the youngest golfer ever to complete a grand slam of major titles. Timing is everything; Spieth only completed the third element of that haul, at the Open Championship, less than three weeks ago. The 24-year-old’s euphoria after Royal Birkdale has not yet subsided.

Related: PGA date switch makes sense for US but is troublesome for European Tour | Ewan Murray

Related: Rory McIlroy says he is spoilt for choice over potential new caddie

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/09/jordan-spieth-grand-slam-us-pga-quail-hollow

Aug 09

PGA date swtich makes sense for US but is troublesome for European Tour | Ewan Murray

Move to May from mid-summer for poor relation of four majors was promoted as being in best interests of PGA Tour, and quite possibly comes at Europe’s expense

You need not spend much time assessing the complexities of golf scheduling to feel sympathy for those charged with implementing it. Climate, television schedules, clashes with other sports, sponsors’ demands and player preferences are just some of the elements in an eternally difficult equation. When professional golf takes place in a certain place at a certain time, there is always a strong reason for it. Far more often than not, that outweighs external sniping.

This week has seen long-awaited confirmation of something relating to a seismic shift. That it took so long for the US PGA Championship’s move to May and a Players Championship swap to March to be made public owes everything to the kind of forensic analysis that is necessary before marquee golf events move calendar location.

Related: Rory McIlroy says he is spoilt for choice over potential new caddie

Related: Jordan Spieth rambling his way towards golf’s elite clubhouse in record time | Scott Murray

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/aug/09/us-pga-championship-date-switch-european-tour

Aug 08

Rory McIlroy says he is spoilt for choice over potential new caddie

• World No4 says he has been ‘inundated’ with offers
• McIlroy is the favourite for the US PGA, the year’s final major

In emphasising the appeal of one of sport’s most courted – and lucrative – positions, Rory McIlroy admits he has been “inundated” with offers from potential caddies. The Northern Irishman’s appearance in this week’s US PGA Championship marks only his second outing since he split from his long-time bagman, JP Fitzgerald.

Related: Rory McIlroy dropped caddie JP Fitzgerald ‘to preserve their friendship’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/aug/08/golf-uspga-rory-mcilroy-new-caddie