Grand Slam of Golf
Major Triumphs
Todd Hamilton plants a kiss on the claret jug after his improbable win
Todd Hamilton plants a kiss on the claret jug after his improbable win. (Photo:AP)

Open champ Hamilton heading to Hawaii

Todd Hamilton earned some mighty nice perks for winning the 133rd Open Championship at Royal Troon, not the least of which was a free trip to Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii, for the exclusive PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Hamilton, a PGA Tour rookie who defeated Ernie Els in a four-hole playoff to win the claret jug, joins Masters champion Phil Mickelson and U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen in the one-of-kind event that brings together the year's four major championship winners.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- British Open Champion Todd Hamilton became the third player this season to earn a berth in the 22nd PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

The 2004 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together the winners of the year's four major championships, is Nov. 22-24, at Poipu Bay Golf Course & Hyatt Regency Kauai in Hawaii.

Hamilton, who won a four-hole playoff by one stroke over Ernie Els, July 18, at Royal Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland, joins Masters Champion Phil Mickelson and U.S. Open Champion Retief Goosen in the elite foursome. The final member of the group will be determined following the conclusion of the 86th PGA Championship, Aug. 12-15, at Whistling Straits-Straits Course in Kohler, Wisc.

Poipu Bay Golf Course and the Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa mark their 10th consecutive year in hosting the winners of the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. The two-day, 36-hole event features a $1,000,000 purse.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf -which has the most difficult qualification requirement in the game-is televised to some 86.7 million U.S. homes by TNT Network, and to more than 100 countries worldwide.

Tickets to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf are available to purchase at 1-800-PGA-TCKT (742-8258), or online at www.PGA.com

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