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PGA Grand Slam of Golf heading to Bermuda's Mid Ocean Club
Whoever is lucky enough to win the 25th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, he'll have to do it somewhere other than Hawaii. That's because the season-ending showcase featuring golf's premier foursome is moving to the The Mid Ocean Club on the beautiful island of Bermuda for 2007.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the season-ending showcase featuring golf's premier foursome, will cross North America in 2007 and head to the island of Bermuda and The Mid Ocean Club and The Fairmont Southampton.
Boasting the most difficult qualification requirement in the game -- a major championship -- the 36-hole PGA Grand Slam of Golf will be contested Oct. 16-17, 2007, and televised by TNT.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf concluded its 24th edition last November at Poipu Bay Golf Course and Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Hawaii, won by Tiger Woods for a record seventh time.
TNT broadcasts the event to a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and an international audience of more than 100 countries in a prime-time telecast.
In 2007, the winners of the year's Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship will earn the right to compete on the 6,520-yard, par-70 layout that was designed by Charles Blair Macdonald in 1921, and modified in the 1950s by the late Robert Trent Jones Sr.
"The PGA Grand Slam of Golf marks a new chapter in its history by visiting the beautiful island of Bermuda, which is no stranger to hosting the finest players in the game," said PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb. "What remains constant is that this event features the game's stiffest entry requirement and is a treat for fans and players. We look forward with great excitement to presenting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda."
The Mid Ocean Club received a No. 45 ranking by Golf Digest for courses outside the United States and has hosted such heads of state as Presidents George H.W. Bush and Dwight Eisenhower; Winston Churchill, The Duke of Windsor, as well as baseball icon Babe Ruth.
"One of our top priorities has been to attract a televised golf event that will deliver the best players in the world to showcase Bermuda as a world-class golf destination," said Bermuda Director of Tourism Cherie Lynn Whittier. "It fits our objectives perfectly."
This year, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf featured a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000; and fourth place $200,000.
Celebrating its 90th anniversary, The PGA of America was founded in 1916, and is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.