PGA Championship 2016 leaderboard: Follow the leaders in Thursday's first round

  • PGA Championship 2016 leaderboard: Follow the leaders in Thursday's first round

PGA Championship 2016 leaderboard: Follow the leaders in Thursday's first round

He's only 24 years old but often acts more wise and mature than a man three times his age.

Even so, Spieth admits this year offers the rare chance to top his 2015 run, when he won the year's first two majors and almost captured the British Open.

"You very rarely have parallel wins", Spieth said.

The word's best players are at Quail Hollow for the final major of the year - the USPGA Championship.

The Open champion will have plenty of backers too though after his Open win at Royal Birkdale last month - a victory that set him up for this tilt at the career Grand Slam.

Johnson has battled back before, overcoming the heartache of a penalty for grounding his club in an ill-marked sand hazard that cost him the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits to win a major a year ago.

Despite his excellent form, Spieth is not anxious about completing the Slam this week as he knows he will have other chances.

Spieth's dramatic victory at the British Open, coupled with his Masters and U.S. Open triumphs in 2015, have put him in this enviable position.

The 2016 US Open victor is playing this week at Quail Hollow, north of his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

"I just don't feel it [added pressure]", Spieth said on Wednesday during his news conference. This is a major championship. So there will be pressure. I just don't feel it.

"How? I don't know. It's not a burning desire to have to be the youngest to do something, and that would be the only reason there would be added expectations".

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson says he feels nearly as good at the PGA Championship as he did the last time he showed up at a major one hour's drive from his hometown.

"Everyone has been so welcoming to us that we feel like we are a part of this week, even though we're (taking) a little different route", he said.

Spieth said he's still pumped up about what he accomplished across the pond. "Although I've never tried to get the last leg, so it's easy for me to say. I'm so happy about that that I can't add pressure to this week". No, I don't feel that kind of pressure.

Thomas Pieters is one I like again in a major. "I think once you go back to a place where you do have great memories, all that starts to come flooding back to you and it makes you feel good about yourself. And I'm looking forward to the next step".

The 25-year-old Matsuyama was joint-second behind Brooks Koepka at the US Open in June.

But what will continue to impress me the most about Spieth, no matter how he finishes this week, is the respect he shows others and how he shares the process with all who watch as he continues his quest to be the best.