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PGA Grand Slam of Golf Features Golf’s Best: A Fan’s View
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is an exciting event to watch, it's almost like an All-Star game. Each player has won a PGA event, now they are coming together to play against each other on the beautiful Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda. The course is a classic, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, created in 1970 and renovated for the 2009 event. It's a public course and anyone visiting Bermuda can play there.
The players are some of golf's best and the event is October 18 and 19. Here's a summary of the players in this year's PGA Grand Slam of Golf and what they did to earn their spot in the tournament:
A 27-year-old rookie at the PGA Grand Slam, Schwartzel is from South Africa and got his spot by winning The Masters tournament at Augusta National. He's a strong player but it seems to me like The Masters victory was a fluke, as he hasn't won an event since.
Another rookie playing in his first Grand Slam, McIlroy was great to watch as this 22-year old player from Northern Ireland won the U.S. Open at Congressional. He beat the field by eight shots, which was impressive to watch.
Another golfer from Northern Ireland, 43-year-old Clarke won the Open Championship at the Royal St. George course. Before his performance this year, his last big achievement was helping the European team win the 2006 Ryder Cup. He's a lot more experienced than the other players with 22 professional wins, but it's still his first Grand Slam event.
It's got to be an incredible feeling to win the tournament at first professional start. Just like hitting a home run on your first at-bat in the major leagues. Keegan Bradley experienced this when he won the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in his very first pro start. This is the 25-year-old Bradley's first Grand Slam start.
After the first day of play, it's Rory McIlroy, tied with Keegan Bradley for the lead at 4-under 67. Next up is Charl Schwartzel with a 74 and Darren Clarke in last at 77. The winner gets the $600,000. first prize, from a total purse of $1.25 million.
Ted Sherman is a life-long golf player and fan of the game. As he ages, he tends to watch more golf than he plays, but still gets out on the course or the range a few times a month. Follow Ted on Twitter,@travel4seniors.
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