Minister Furbert said: “This is great news for Bermuda to have the PGA Grand Slam return for the next two years. During the past six years of hosting this event the beauty of Bermuda has been seen in countless millions of households across the world.
“I feel this is a great investment in our tourism product and attracts visitors to our shores to enjoy picture perfect rounds of golf at our world class courses.”
The 31st edition of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf will be held October 15-16, 2013, and the dates for the 2014 Grand Slam are yet to be finalized.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a 36-hole season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult entry requirement in the game – a major championship – will be televised by TNT, October 15-16, 2013 to a worldwide audience in 85 countries and territories.
Port Royal – described by late architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., as his finest design outside the United States – is a public course that opened for play in 1970, and underwent a renovation completed in 2009, extending the par-71 layout to 6,842 yards.
The PGA & TNT spend just over $1M whilst on island with approximately 60 Bermuda service providers. The combined value of media impressions for Bermuda, Port Royal & the Fairmont is just under $40M. TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event reaches an audience of more than 400 million households in more than 85 countries.
PGA of America President Ted Bishop said: “The PGA of America is honored to continue the PGA Grand Slam of Golf tradition on the island of Bermuda through 2014 at the Port Royal Golf Course. Bermuda has embraced the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, serving as an exemplary host the past six years and delivering unmatched hospitality and community support for the game’s elite foursome.
“We are excited to once again join the Bermuda Department of Tourism in showcasing Bermuda as a premier golf and tourism destination by presenting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to the world.”
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. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.
Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other. Padraig Harrington captured the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf title at Port Royal.
The foursome for the 31st PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winner of the following major championships: The Masters, April 8-14, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.; the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, June 10-16, at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa; the Open Championship, July 15-21, at Muirfield, East Lothian, Scotland; and the 95th PGA Championship, Aug. 5-11, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY.
Past PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champions include: Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman and Nick Price.