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Padraig Harrington will be out to avenge his playoff loss at the 2007 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. (Shamus/Getty Images)

Open champ Harrington earns repeat trip to PGA Grand Slam

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Padraig Harrington's final-round rally to win a second straight Open Championship has earned him a repeat invitation to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Harrington, who lost the 2007 PGA Grand Slam in a playoff, will complete for the $600,000 winner's purse.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Padraig Harrington's final-round rally to win a second straight Open Championship has earned him a repeat invitation to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Oct. 13-15, at Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.

Harrington, who lost a three-hole playoff to Angel Cabrera in Bermuda at the 2007 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, will be joined by Masters Champion Trevor Immelman of South Africa. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf foursome will be completed with the winner of the 90th PGA Championship (Aug. 7-10) at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich., and the leader of the Major Champions Points List, who takes the place of U.S. Open Champion Tiger Woods, who is sidelined following knee surgery.

Ireland's Harrington overcame a sprained wrist and 40 mph gusts to post a four-stroke victory at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Should either Harrington or Immelman win the PGA Championship, a second player will come through the Major Champions Points List composed of past major Champions who compete in the current year's majors.

The 26th PGA Grand Slam of Golf is a 36-hole event broadcast by TNT to an audience of 89 million U.S. homes, along with an international audience of more than 100 countries in a prime-time telecast.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf purse is $1.35 million, with the winner receiving $600,000; second place $300,000; third place $250,000; and fourth place $200,000.

Tickets for the 26th PGA Grand Slam of Golf may be purchased by calling either 800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653) or (561) 624-7601, as well as by visiting www.PGA.com. A limited amount of tickets are available to witness golf's major Champions compete for the title Champion of Champions.

PGA Grand Slam Week begins Monday, Oct. 13, 2008, with the Champions Clinic and Pro-Am. The Champions Clinic features the major Champions demonstrating various golf skills and insight on how they execute their shots.

The clinic will be televised by Golf Channel. The Pro-Am features amateur groups composed of Officials, VIPs and guests of The PGA of America, TNT and Bermuda, who play alongside the major Champions. Cameras and autographs are only allowed on Monday.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf competition days, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 14-15, allow a limited gallery to experience the major Champions up close, as "inside-the-fairway" access will be enjoyed by all spectators.

Season tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13-15, are available for $150, and come in the form of three individual day tickets. Daily tickets for individual attendance are available for $50 on Monday for the Champions Clinic and Pro-Am, and $75 each day for the Tuesday and Wednesday competition days.

In an effort to encourage more youths to become involved in the game of golf, The PGA of America is offering $10 daily tickets to children 17 years and younger, when accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult. All proceeds from junior ticket sales will be donated directly to the Bermuda Junior Golf Association. Junior tickets may be purchased at a pre-determined date and location in Bermuda, which will be announced.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf
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 for a $1.35 million purse. Past Champions include defending champion Cabrera, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Nick Price and Ian Woosnam.

The 26th PGA Grand Slam of Golf will be hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Mid Ocean Club and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.

The PGA of America
Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the $76 billion golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere.

The PGA of America also conducts four professional golf events: the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship and PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

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