Nick Faldo specifically mentioned these two as players to watch at PGA Championship
The 103rd PGA Championship is in the spotlight this week.
The Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina will make headlines this week, but so will the players.
Who is the favorite? It depends who you ask. Can Collin repeat Morikawa? Well, there have only been two players to repeat since the PGA moved from match play to stroke play in 1958: Brooks Koepka in 2018 and 2019 and Tiger Woods, who repeated twice, in 1999 and 2000 and again in 2006 and 2007. Woods won I'm not playing this week and Koepka continues to oppose knee surgery.
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So, Sir Nick Faldo, who do you like?
When asked during a conference call from Zoom to reporters last week, the CBS chief analyst mentioned two names specifically: Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
"Obviously, what Rory did last week was great," said Faldo of McIlroy's victory at the Quail Hollow Club. "That was a great inspiration."
Then he continued talking about Spieth, and that was before Spieth finished ninth in the AT&T Byron Nelson, the final vote for the PGA. Spieth now has seven top 10 finishes and eight top 15 finishes in ten starts in 2021. Faldo stated that Spieth has the skill to handle the course and possible weather conditions.
"If it is a long stroke test, the forwards obviously have an advantage," said Faldo. "But when it gets hard work, with the wind and tight conditions, when even good shots miss the greens, then it becomes a real scrambling test and the scrambling is there, well, it's off the charts."
“There are some incredibly challenging holes and ... you have to be innovative. You have to have a repertoire of recordings, so I look at the great chippers. Jordan Spieth is obviously one of them right now. "
And game aside, Faldo said McIlroy and Spieth will have a little more this week.
“Both are seriously motivated. Rory would like to return to the majors and Jordan has the chance for the (career) Grand Slam.
"But to be honest, let's get through the first few days and see how things settle down because it's going to be hard work. I hope the weather is tough, it's a tough test. I think we'll be Thursday, Have a really good excitement Friday and then we'll have a great weekend. "
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