And while Rory McIlroy has won twice at the venue on the PGA Tour and holds the course record of 61, Spieth's only appearance in the Wells Fargo Championship in 2013 saw him finish 32nd.
"It's in the best interest of the PGA Championship; we feel it's in the best interests of the players who play the PGA Tour and the PGA championships around the world; and maybe most importantly for our organization, it makes the most sense to our members". Spieth is looking to seal a career grand slam at the golden age of 24 years and 17 days.
That has seen McIlroy installed as a ahead of Open champion Jordan Spieth, who needs to win to become the youngest player - and just the sixth in history - to complete a career grand slam. The upshot of that decision was immediate, with The Players vacating its May date to an earlier one in March, starting in 2019; and the European Tour's flagship, the BMW PGA Championship, moving all the way back to September, also commencing in two years time.
Spieth's could join a tp class of talent past to achieve the feat with only Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen having won all four titles.
Former world number one in pro-golfing, Adam Scott, thinks the Quail Hollow renovation is the equivalent of a person who undergoes a facelift just for the sake of it, not because it is needed.
In men's golf, there are five golfers who competed during the four-major era (mid-1930s on) who stand above all others.
Asked what odds he'd give himself, McIlroy cited two wins in eight starts at Quail Hollow - "8-2, decent odds".
"You do think whatever happens, I've already won the Masters and it's incredible", Garcia said.
However, with there being so many golfers taking part in the PGA Championship this year you are also going to find that you can place something known as an each way bet on that event and on any golfer you think is going to do well in it.
"Used to be you got through the first five holes here at 1- or 2-under par and that was a decent start", McIlroy said. "If I'm the favourite, I'm the favourite. I love the golf course", McIlroy said.
Spieth staged a superb recovery to win The Open, adding to the Masters and U.S. Open crowns he claimed in 2015. I felt like my swing was behaving a little bit more the way I want it.
Hideki Matsuyama birdies his first two holes. "But at the same time, it doesn't mean that you're not going to go out there and try as hard you can, because that's what we do".
The opening three holes could rival Quail Hollow's famed three-hole closing stretch (aka the Green Mile) as the most challenging on the course.
"It will be an exciting finish if there's a few guys up around the lead at that point", McIlroy said.
Johnson damaged his back on the eve of the Masters in April after slipping on a wet staircase. You can't fake it around here. I'm freerolling and it feels good. Mickelson, like four-time major victor Ernie Els of South Africa, will make his 100th major appearance this week at Quail Hollow.
The US PGA, 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 apart from 1971, when it was staged in February. "His confidence is high".