PGA Grand Slam of Golf


PGA Grand Slam of Golf

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is the world's most exclusive golf tournament. It is an annual off-season golf tournament contested by the year's winners of the four |major championships of regular men's golf, which are the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship (British Open), and the PGA Championship. It is one of several invitational events for leading male golfers which are held each year after the PGA Tour and the European Tour seasons have concluded. The competition is organized by the PGA of America and the prize money does not count towards the PGA Tour money list.

The tournament has been staged since 1979 with a couple of short breaks. Since 1991, it has been played as a 2-day, 36-hole stroke play competition, except in 1998 and 1999, when it was played as at match play. From 1979 to 1990, it was played as a 1-day, 18-hole stroke play competition. If a player wins more than one major in a calendar year or a player declines the invitation to play, the PGA of America will fill the four-man field by inviting the former major winner(s) with the best overall finishes in that year's majors.

Initially the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was played at a different golf course each year, but from 1994 to 2006, it was played at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Koloa, Hawaii on the island of Kauai. In 2007, the tournament will move to the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda and it will be played in mid-October, reflecting the earlier end to the main part of the PGA Tour season after the introduction of the FedEx Cup. [ [http://www.pgatour.com/story/9854858 PGATOUR.com ] ]

The current prize fund is $1.35 million, of which $600,000 goes to the winner. This is likely to be the lowest first prize some of the competitors have played for all year, but on the other hand there is a guaranteed $200,000 for coming in last. From 1991 to 2005, the prize fund was $1 million, of which $400,000 went to the winner. In 2006, the purse was $1.25 million, with $500,000 going to the winner.

The tournament in Hawaii allowed the event to be televised in prime-time American television with live coverage because of the time difference.

The 2008 tournament will be played at the Mid Ocean Club. Trevor Immelman (Masters winner), Pádraig Harrington (Open Championship and PGA Championship winner), Phil Mickelson (first alternate), and Retief Goosen (second alternate) are scheduled to play. Tiger Woods (U.S. Open winner) will not play due to knee surgery. It will be played October 14-15. TNT will cover the event on television. [ [http://www.pga.com/grandslam/2008/news/goosenmickelson081008.html Goosen and Mickelson earn invites to PGA Grand Slam] ]

Results

Multiple winners

Only three men have won the event more than once up to and including 2006.
*Tiger Woods — 7 wins: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2006
*Greg Norman — 3 wins: 1986, 1993 and 1994
*Andy North — 2 wins: 1979, 1990

References

External links

* [http://www.pga.com/grandslam/2008/index.html Coverage on the PGA of America's site]
* [http://www.pgamediaguide.com/grandslam.cfm PGA of America Media Guide] Coverage for all years


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