Rory McIlroy set to defend USPGA title

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy will play the first two rounds of the US PGA Championship with Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson next week, if the world number one is fit enough to defend his title.

The 26-year-old has not officially said he will compete at Whistling Straits, but has given a number of hints this week via social media, culminating in a post eysterday which appeared to show the inside of a private plane along with various emojis depicting a US flag, a thumbs-up symbol and a golf flag.

And yesterday evening the PGA of America released the tee times for the year’s final major, with McIlroy alongside Masters and US Open winner Spieth and Open champion Johnson at 1320 local time (1920 BST) on Thursday and 0805 (1405) on Friday.

McIlroy, who finished one shot outside the play-off the last time the US PGA was held at Whistling Straits in 2010, has not played competitively since the final round of the US Open on June 21.

Ryder Cup team-mate Martin Kaymer, who defeated Bubba Watson in the play-off five years ago, has been paired with Tiger Woods and 2011 winner Keegan Bradle


Johnson led by a shot with a hole to play in 2010 but after a bogey on the 18th looked to have dropped him into the play-off, he was penalised two shots for grounding his club in a fairway bunker