The PGA Championship, which has always been identified as the season's fourth and final major, may have to find a new calling card.
The major, which began as a match-play event in 1916 and became a stroke-play tournament in 1958, has been contested in July or August every year except from 1971, when it was staged in February.
A perennial favorite among Tour pros, Quail Hollow should be a suitable and enjoyable challenge this week. 4 and 5 have been changed, No. 11 has been lengthened and - most importantly - the greens have been changed from bentgrass to Bermuda.
McIlroy not only needs to win this week's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow to validate everything he's been telling us for months about how close his game is to breaking through, but he should win this week's PGA Championship for a litany of reasons. That's a lot working in his favor this week.
What's more, the Ulsterman has of course won two USPGA Championships already, with his last coming back in 2014 at Valhalla - which was also his last major win to date.
"I'm a little more relaxed out there".
The Californian won his first PGA Tour title at the Valero Texas Open earlier this year and has held his form since, contending in Canada before a solid top-15 finish at Firestone last week. That was the one everyone felt would be the most hard for him to win.
John Daly, the 1991 champ who made history by winning after getting into the tournament as the ninth and final alternate, is at 1000-1 to shock the golfing world again 26 years later.
Thomas Pieters (23) - This high?
Scott has played the tournament before each major in 2017 to counteract spending long periods at his Gold Coast and Switzerland bases, rather than his preferred Bahamas location.
It was a similar story at the Open last month, where McIlroy tied for fourth despite a terrible start.
Jason Day (7) - Recent injuries and confidence issues have led to a down season for Day, but he's returning to an event in which he's enjoyed an abundance of success.
"It's kind of life or death these next two weeks with the end of the regular-season fast appooaching", Knox said. It would be sweet to see him finally get a win at Quail Hollow where he has a 70.1 scoring average and multiple top-five finishes in the last five years there. He has been unable to make an impact at the big events, finishing tied for 54th at the British Open, tied for 56th at The Players and missing the cut at the U.S. Open.