Despite Lucas Glover's easy win, good effort from the boys at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf
In case you missed it, the four major champions played in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf the last couple of days. And this year it actually featured the major champions for a change.
In years past, Tiger Woods might win a couple of the majors (meaning that they needed a fourth) or simply not find time in his schedule, leaving the PGA of America to find alternates. It also used to be played in Hawaii, but now it’s in Bermuda, specifically the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton.
And while Stewart Cink (British), Y.E. Yang (PGA), Angel Cabrera (Masters) and Lucas Glover (U.S. Open) don’t have a lot of star power, it was obvious that they were seriously competing this week, and the crowds seem to appreciate that.
Perhaps it was because a $600,000 first prize means more to players who aren’t used to cashing in the really big checks all the time. Perhaps it was because they’re just wired that way. Whatever the reason, they were grinding it out in Bermuda. This wasn’t just another silly season event.
“When you compete, you want to win, and that’s anything,” said Lucas Glover, who finished at 11-under winning by six strokes over Cabrera. “I mean, if I went and picked up a three-on-three basketball game this afternoon, I would want to win. That’s how it was here. All four of us came here wanting to win the Grand Slam, and I’m very honored and very happy that it was me.”
It was also cool to see it on a great looking golf course. Bermuda officials spared no expense, spending some $14 million on a Roger Rulewich renovation that was completed earlier this year. Originally opened in 1970, this Robert Trent Jones Sr. design is set on the cliffs of the Atlantic. The views, even on TV, were incredible, especially down the stretch starting with the par-3 16th.
Stewart Cink, whose family went snorkeling and jet-skiing earlier this week, noticed something else while he was playing the 16th, schools of parrotfish in the clear blue water.
“They are three or four feet and easy to spot because they are dark colors. Some have really bright green tails and all different colors,” said Cink, proving once again that fishing and golf go hand-in-hand. “The Premier, Dr. (Ewart) Brown, said you have to catch and release if you do catch one of those. He was clear on the law.”
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