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PGA Championship 2016: 5 Things We Learned Wednesday at Baltusrol

PGA Championship 2016: Previewing the Final Major at Baltusrol
GOLF.com's Jessica Marksbury and Sports Illustrated's Gary Van Sickle preview the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Players got their final preparations squared away Wednesday at Baltusrol, and now the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship awaits Thursday morning. Here's what we learned on the final practice day.

1. Sergio Garcia has no plans to live in a cave when he retires, in case you were worried. The nine-time Tour winner was asked about how he would feel if you he finished his career without ever winning a major. Sergio responded, "I'm not going to go in a cave and stay there until I die."

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A major championship victory has long eluded Sergio Garcia. Could this be his week?

2. No one will reach the monster par-5 17th hole at Baltusrol in two shots. Don't believe us? Then take it from Dustin Johnson, the biggest bomber on Tour, who said Wednesday he didn't think anyone would make eagle there this week. But what did the U.S. Open champ think about his chances to putt for eagle at the par-5 18th? "Everybody is going to reach 18."

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Dustin Johnson practices Wednesday at Baltusrol.

3. There are 10 ways to cook beef, and everyone still loves Andrew Johnston. The suddenly world-famous golfer dubbed "Beef" debuted a new Titleist wedge this week, custom-stamped with 10 beef dishes, then he dazzled reporters in his pre-tournament press conference.

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Andrew "Beef" Johnston keeps gaining fans, and he's hoping to prove to everyone his game can back up his rise to fame.

4. Jason Day is out of gas. The World No. 1 told reporters that he was "running on E" today after a chaotic night in which his wife ended up in the hospital after an allergic reaction. The defending PGA champion is also battling a bug he thinks he caught from his son.

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The world's No. 1 golfer is trying to repeat at the PGA Championship.

5. The U.S. Ryder Cup team is the favorite to win at Hazeltine. That's according to Rory McIlroy, Team Europe's top player. "I'd say it’s very evenly matched, but if anything," McIlroy told GOLF LIVE host Ryan Asselta, "I'd give the U.S. a slight advantage."

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Rory McIlroy and other Tour stars tee off in the long drive competition at the PGA Championship on Tuesday.

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