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PGA Championship: Our Writers Decide

Does grand slam greatness beckon for Jordan Spieth or will the weight of a nation be lifted for Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama at this week's PGA Championship?

iSeekGolf's writers try to pick the players who will find themselves in the hunt late Sundayat Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ROD MORRI

For the Win: Jordan Spieth

It's a boring pick but I can't go past Spieth. He doesn't have the power game of some of his peers but he has an extraordinary, seemingly innate, sense of history. Under similar circumstances at the 2015 Open he came up one shot shy - I don't see him falling just short again.

Top-5: Rory McIlroy

It's another boring pick but the combination of his form at this venue coupled with the driving clinic he put on in Ohio would make him a clear pick as winner - if it wasn't for Spieth.

Outsider: Charley Hoffman 

A good player playing well and desperate to get back in the winner's circle. He's exactly the type of player who is likely to win a PGA and his chances this year would be great - if it wasn't for Spieth.

HENRY PETERS

For the Win: Rickie Fowler

Fowler is in the conversation of 'best player without a major' and heads to Charlotte with less hype than the first three majors of the year which could ease pressure on the powerful American. Quail Hollow will also hold very fond memories for him as the site of his long-awaited PGA Tour breakthrough win in 2012.

Top-5: Rory McIlroy

Fourth at The Open a fortnight ago, fifth at last week's WGC-Bridgestone and a two-time winner at Quail Hollow, it seems you could bet the proverbial house on McIlroy contending this week. And I think the prospect of preventing from Spieth from achieveing the grand slam before him will give the Northern Irishman added motivation.

Outsider: Charley Hoffman

Rod Morri and I are on the same wavelength with this one. Hoffman has a second and a third at his last two PGA Tour starts and finishes of T22, 8th and T20 at the year's first three majors tells the tale of a player who has found a comfort level at the big events. With four PGA Tour wins, Hoffman wouldn't look out of place holding the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday and is a value proposition for the punters.

BRUCE YOUNG

For the Win:  Rickie Fowler 

Fowler is another in that category of fine players without a major and, in the manner in which he is playing at present, he stands a very good chance of making this his major breakthrough. Importantly for his chances this week, Fowler has won at Quail Hollow. He did well last week after a relatively slow start to the WGC-Bridgestone.

Top-5: Hideki Matsuyama

Matsuyama is destined to win a major championship and this week is a great opportunity. The Japanese star finished runner-up to Brooks Koepka at the US Open and has continued to play well since, including his brilliant win at last week’s WGC-Bridgestone, and he does own two solid if unspectacular finishes at Quail Hollow. His credentials stack up this week. Always difficult to back up from such a win but he appears to be an unflappable character.

Outsider: Paul Casey

Casey has missed only one cut in the last 12 months and has contended a number of times during that period. The Englishman played very well last week to finish in a share of 5th with McIlroy and, like Fowler and Matsuyama, is due a major championship. He has not played well at Quail Hollow but this week might just change that. 

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