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  • Five players to watch at the 99th PGA Championship that begins Thursday at Quail Hollow.

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Five players to watch at the 99th PGA Championship that begins Thursday at Quail Hollow:

Jordan Spieth

Second-ranked Spieth won last month's British Open for his third career major title after the 2015 Masters and US Open and at 24 could become the youngest player to complete a Career Grand Slam by winning the PGA title this week.

Seeking his fourth title of the year after US PGA Tour titles at Pebble Beach in February and the Travellers Championship in June.

Rory McIlroy

A winner of US PGA Tour titles at Quail Hollow in 2010 and 2015 and only lost in 2012 in a playoff. He broke his own course record with a 61 in the third round two years ago.

He also owns two PGA Championship titles from 2012 and 2014 but hasn't won a major since lifting the Wanamaker Trophy three years ago. Wet and soggy conditions are expected all week, which should play to his strengths as a long and accurate driver.

His putter will be crucial. And it's his first major since he split with long-time caddie J.P. Fitzgerald, with best pal Harry Diamond being his bagman this week.

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