About the PGA Grand Slam of Golf
Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf is considered the world's most exclusive golf tournament, the Tour professionals certainly regard it as the toughest qualifying event in golf. The tournament is held in fall/autumn, after the PGA Tour and European Tour seasons have concluded. This allows the winners of the current season's four Major Championships to compete in this climactic event, making it a spectacular conclusion to the golfing calendar.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from an 18-hole, single-day affair to a 2-day, 36-hole annual showdown that pits professional golf's best against each other, and is played in front of a television audience that encompasses more than 100 countries.
The inaugural event was battled out at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY, and the 1978 US Open winner, Andy North, and the 1978 Masters winner, Gary Player shared the glory as joint winners. Since then, the tournament has been played on a different course each year, including many of the finest courses in the US. However, from 1994 to 2006 it settled down and the Poipu Bay Golf Course, in Kolaoa, on the island of Kauai in Hawaii was its resident venue. In 2007, the tournament was on the move again, being hosted by the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.
For 2009 and 2010 it stays in Bermuda, but will be hosted by the absolutely stunning Port Royal Golf Course, which has been completely refurbished in preparation.
The current purse for the event totals $1.35 million, with the winner netting $600,000 of this. Although this may be the lowest first prize some of the competitors have played for all year, the honor of qualifying is the greater prize, the guaranteed $200,000 for coming fourth is not to be sneezed at!
The Grand Slam features winners from the most prestigious golf tournaments, including the Masters, US Open, the British Open Championship and the PGA Championship. View more information about the 2010 Grand Slam Golfers.
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