Golf News for Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Tournaments

Phil Mickelson qualifies for PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Phil Mickelson captured his first Open Championship at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland, Sunday, earning his fifth major title and becoming the third player to qualify for the 31st PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Oct. 15-16, at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda.

Mickelson, who shot a final-round 6-under-par 66 for a three-stroke victory, is the second left-hander to win golf's oldest major (Bob Charles in 1963). The 43-year-old joins Masters Champion Adam Scott and U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose in the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. The final member of the elite foursome will be determined following the 95th PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult qualification requirement in the game - a major championship - will be televised by TNT to a worldwide audience. Mickelson, who now owns three legs of golf's Grand Slam events, competed in the 2004 and 2005 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. He won the 2004 title with an event-record 59 in the final round.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second-place finisher, $300,000; third-place finisher, $250,000; and fourth-place finisher, $200,000.

TNT's prime time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and international viewers in more than 100 countries.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, a 6,842-yard, par-71 public facility that opened for play in 1970, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.

About 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.

About Bermuda
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 or call 1-800-BERMUDA.

Julius Mason