PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Just mention the word "Hawaii" and U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk's eyes and golf game sparkle.
Furyk's career successes while competing in Hawaii make him a favorite to capture the 21st PGA Grand Slam of Golf title, Dec. 5-6, at Poipu Bay Golf Course and Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa in Hawaii.
Furyk, who owns a second home on the island of Maui, is right at home among the trade winds and is the most experienced player among this year's Grand Slam foursome, which also includes Masters Champion Mike Weir, British Open Champion Ben Curtis and PGA Champion Shaun Micheel.
Since 1994, Furyk's first complete season as a PGA Tour professional, he has earned $1,839,446 in 17 starts in Hawaii, including victories in the 1996 United Airlines Hawaiian Open and 2001 Mercedes Championships. He also has six top-10 performances to offset missing one cut in 1994.
Weir, who has appeared in five Hawaii-based events since joining the Tour in 1998, has won $307,000, with his best showing a share of fourth in the 2000 Mercedes Championships.
Micheel has competed five times on the islands, earning $77,315, with a career-best performance of a tie for 14th in 2001 in the SONY Open. Curtis has yet to compete in a professional event in Hawaii.
Poipu Bay Golf Course marks its 10th consecutive year of hosting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which carries a $1 million purse and a first-place prize of $400,000.
TNT will broadcast the two-day, 36-hole event for the 13th consecutive year. The broadcast will be seen in some 86.7 million U.S. homes and more than 100 countries worldwide.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which originated in 1979, has involved 48 major champions prior to this season. This year marks the first time since 1969 that golf's four grand slam events were won by first-time major champions.
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