Leaderboard and Standings, Jordan Spieth seeks back-to-back grand slam

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One of the most anticipated player is American Jordan Spieth who is going for a historic Grand Slam.

There's a bunch of A-listers lined up behind the big two, including last week's victor at the Bridgestone Invitational Hideki Matsuyama, world No 1 Dustin Johnson and this year's other major champions Sergio Garcia and Brooks Koepka.

McIlroy may have four majors in the trophy cabinet but on first look it's perhaps a surprise to see McIlroy head the betting for glory at the US PGA, given his wobbly form in 2017. "He has won some events really showing some grit".

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. Starting Thursday, he'll have to hold off a field filled with the world's best golfers to complete his career grand slam.

Americans Jim Herman and Gary Woodland, each seeking a first major title, shared the early lead on 3-under par, Herman through 11 holes and Woodland after 10. Johnson has to have a quick start and keep the momentum in the process of time.

Jimmy Walker became the seventh first time victor of the USPGA in eight years when he tasted success at Baltusrol last year.

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Earlier in the article we mentioned both Matsuyama and Fowler as potential maiden major winners.

The PGA Championship 2017 is underway at the Quail Hallow Club, in Charlotte, NC. McIlroy finished T5 in the recently-concluded WGC-Bridgetone Invitational.

Dustin Johnson's name will always be included as one of the favorites to be on top of the PGA leaderboard during the first round.

McIlroy will be facing a vastly different Quail Hollow than the one he's dominated in the past. Course form could prove to be a key factor, meaning it's worth keeping your eye on the other former winners, including 2014 champ J.B. Holmes (2014), James Hahn (2016), and Lucas Glover (2011).

The Holywood golfer is still looking for his first win of the season and, judging by the tracker at the Quail Hollow range, that winless run is nothing to do with his driver.