PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Masters Champion Bubba Watson, U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson and Open Champion Ernie Els, will be joined by 2011 PGA Champion and the defending PGA Grand Slam Champion Keegan Bradley to form the year's elite foursome in the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Oct. 22-24, 2012, at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda. The season-ending showcase event, which boasts the most difficult qualification requirement in the game - a major championship victory - will be televised by TNT to a worldwide audience. Coverage begins Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. ET and Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET.
Port Royal Golf Course joins the Fairmont Southampton as the official hotel site for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. The 6,845-yard, par-71 Port Royal is a public course that opened for play in 1970.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. TNT's prime-time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of more than 400 million households and more than 85 countries and territories.
Hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf was established in 1979 and has grown from an 18-hole, single-day event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf's best against each other. Keegan Bradley, who captured the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf title at Port Royal, takes the place of reigning PGA Champion Rory McIlroy who had previously committed to compete in the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China, while Ernie Els is returning for his fourth trip to the Grand Slam, having captured the title in 2010.
Past PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champions include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman and Nick Price.
For more information on the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, please visit www.pga.com.
The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.
Bermuda, just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. The island has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world and the pleasant climate allows for a round of play any month of the year, no matter the season. Each of its breathtaking courses features a blend of turquoise ocean views, rolling hills and humbling challenges. For more information, please visit www.bermudatourism.com or call 1-800-BERMUDA.