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Former Duke University golfers Julian Suri and Kevin Streelman will tee it up this weekend at the 100th PGA Championship, which begins Thursday morning at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.

Bellerive is busier than usual on the final day of practice for the PGA Championship.

Ryan Fox has made the most of his length off the tee to post an opening-round 68 at the US PGA Championship. He is playing the PGA Championship for the first time since 2015.

Soon it was time for a walk down Tiger Woods Memory Lane, with Molinari being asked to reflect on caddying at the US Masters for his brother Edoardo, who happened to be playing in a group with Woods.

"I lot of guys came on out here", Love said, "but I knew that there was bigger things than golf".

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Some players had grumbled after early practice rounds about brown patches on some of the greens, but Haigh said Wednesday that's hard to avoid given the oppressive summer heat in St. Louis.

"I'm sure Jordan feels a little bit different this week than he does the other three majors, but that's normal", McIlroy said. "I don't want to talk", the PGA's chief championship officer said from a podium.

The reigning PGA Championship victor averages 313.8 yards off the tee, putting him ninth on the PGA Tour in driving distance and within spitting distance of big hitters such as Dustin Johnson.

After firing a six-under 64 on Sunday to finish tied for third at the Bridgestone, DJ has now tallied an astounding two wins and four Top-5's in his last five starts, with the only exception being a missed cut at the Open Championship.

If nothing else, Spieth should have plenty of support this week.

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"It's really fun", Spieth said, "when you get a chance to play in front of family". "It's a big deal, but I think, once you get out on the golf course and you start the tournament, all you're thinking about is trying to shoot good scores and hit good golf shots".

Justin Thomas won at the PGA to go to four wins and ultimately won the FedExCup after a five-win season making him the easy choice.

That's because the tournament at Bellerive is the last points-paying event for the USA team for the Ryder Cup, and a crucial opportunity for European players to impress captain Thomas Bjorn.

Now, those who tried to get on the course at Bellerive are simply soaked. Many squeezed in a practice round Monday, but almost all hoped to do the bulk of their preparation at relatively unfamiliar Bellerive on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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