McIlroy hoping to get into the swing of things at US PGA

Or the questions that have started to follow Rory McIlroy, who needs to win the Masters, and Phil Mickelson, who has played the U.S. Open five times without capturing the only major he's missing. "It's very hard. It's a battle for sure".

Day, the 2015 PGA Champion, choked back tears while talking to reporters after firing a 67 that left him sharing second at three under, two shots back of Fowler.

McIlroy also shot 70 while world number two Thomas, riding the momentum of a confidence-boosting victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week, opened his title defence with a one-under 69. "So I know the goal is to resolve that and come to a conclusion as soon as possible, but we're just not there yet, unfortunately, because we would like to have made that decision". "I was just so patient and calm".

The Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas, remains the front-runner to become the new home of the PGA of America, but outgoing CEO Pete Bevacqua said the move from South Florida is not finalized.

"It's definitely something that's a big accomplishment and something that I'm very proud of", Johnson said of the No. 1 ranking.

"I've done well, I'm slowly getting back up the world rankings. So it's great to have him back now".

The US PGA Championship promises to be a fine spectacle of the men's elite players, with Tiger Woods eyeing a proper comeback after he briefly led the last round of last month's Open.

Tiger Woods' practice round on August 8 reportedly saw the star performing at his best, so he could be geared up to surprise a few people this week at the 100th PGA Championship. "I just feel like walking it has been quite an interesting experience".

Speaking to Stuff after a short post-round stint on the driving range and a much needed mid-afternoon nap following an early tee-off, Fox tagged his day "pretty solid with a nice finish" on a course that was "right up my alley". I've never seen anything like that on a Tuesday.

The 25-year-old American hopes to join legends Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen in having won all four majors at least once.

"I have the time to look around a little more closely", he said. "All I can do is embrace the challenge".

The PGA Championship's first round is being televised on TNT beginning at 2 p.m. E.T. Koepka will go off shortly after 2 p.m.

Two-time major victor Zach Johnson is joined in the field by Zach J. Johnson, one of 20 club professionals in the field.

Vanessa Coleman