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Belfast Live
Staff reporter

Rory McIlroy USPGA tee time and group for day one at second major of the season

Rory McIlroy is back on the major stage again this week as he seeks to end his famine which stretches back to 2014.

The USPGA Championship begins at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York on Thursday morning with McIlroy again among the favourites.

The Holywood man was PGA champion twice - in 2012 and 2014 - but that latter success was the last time McIlroy won a major title.

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McIlroy comes into the second major of the year on the back of a disastrous showing at Augusta for the Masters when he was looking to complete a career grand slam of all four majors but missed the cut.

He will tee off at 8.11am eastern time in New York on Thursday morning, which is 1.11pm GMT for viewers in the UK and Ireland.

McIlroy will play alongside fellow major winners Collin Morikawa and defending champion Justin Thomas in a superstar group which is sure to attract a huge following on the course.

Masters champion Jon Rahm is joint favourite with the bookies this week at 8/1 alongside American sensation Scottie Scheffler. McIlroy is well behind those two at 14/1 third favourite.

The Northern Ireland man admitted he will go into the US PGA with “less expectations” after his latest Masters heartache.

The four-time Major winner took three weeks off after missing the cut at the Masters and then struggled on his return to action at Quail Hollow.

“If I can execute the way that I feel like I can, then I still believe that I’m one of the best players in the world and I can produce good golf to have a chance of winning this week," he said.

McIlroy’s last Major win came in this event back in August 2014.

“If I don’t win another tournament for the rest of my career, I still see my career as a success,” he said. “I still stand up here as a successful person in my eyes. That’s what defines that.”

The USPGA tournament will be shown live by Sky Sports Golf for all four days.


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