ma­jor bat­tle loom­ing

Spi­eth seeks ca­reer Grand Slam; McIl­roy faces high ex­pec­ta­tions.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

Jor­dan Spi­eth CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — is go­ing for a ca­reer Grand Slam at the PGA Cham­pi­onship and doesn’t ap­pear to have a care in the world.

Rory McIl­roy hasn’t won a ma­jor in three years, and ex­pec­ta­tions are higher than ever. Blame that on Quail Hol­low. This is where McIl­roy won his first PGA Tour event in 2010 when he fear­lessly fired a 4-iron into the breeze and over the water to 6 feet for an eagle that al­lowed him to make the cut on the num­ber, and then he fol­lowed with a 66-62 week­end. Quail Hol­low is where he shot 61 in the third round to run away from a strong field for a seven-shot vic­tory. He has played here seven times and has fin­ished out of the top 10 just once.

It’s not Tiger Woods at Tor-


Rory McIl­roy hasn’t won a ma­jor in three years, but the Ir­ish­man earned his first PGA Tour vic­tory in 2010 at Quail Hol­low in Char­lotte, N.C., site of this week’s PGA Cham­pi­onship.

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