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Defending champion Zach Johnson looks on as new Masters champion Trevor Immelman displays his coveted green jacket. (Photo: Getty Images)

Immelman wins Masters for spot in PGA Grand Slam of Golf

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Along with his new green jacket, big winner's check and untold pride and prestige, new Masters champion Trevor Immelman also earned entry in the most exclusive foursome in golf -- the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Immelman, the new pride of South Africa, will be joined at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda by the winners of the U.S. Open, the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, who captured his first green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club, will also claim the first spot in the most difficult tournament for which to qualify
-- the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which returns to Bermuda and the Mid Ocean Club on Oct. 13-15, 2008.

Immelman, 28, earned his first berth in the season-ending showcase of major champions with a three-shot victory over seven-time PGA Grand Slam of Golf champion Tiger Woods at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. The 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.

Trevor Immelman was also the 1996 Junior PGA Champion.

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.

The remaining berths in the 26th PGA Grand Slam of Golf will be determined at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif., June 12-15, 2008;
the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in Lancashire, England, July 17-20, 2008; and the 90th PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich., Aug. 7-10, 2008.

Should a player win more than one major Championship this season, the foursome will be completed through the Major Champions Points List composed of past major Champions who compete in the current year's majors.

Tickets and corporate hospitality for the 26th PGA Grand Slam of Golf may be purchased by calling either 800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653) or (561) 624-7601, or by visiting www.pgagrandslamofgolf.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 Mon., 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.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 14-15, are the competition days, where the limited gallery will 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. All tickets include a sleeve and lanyard that must be utilized for clearly displaying tickets at all times while on property at the Mid Ocean Club.

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 Angel 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
The PGA of America is the world's largest working sports organization comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position in a $62 billion-a-year industry by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions. Today's PGA Professional is the public's link to the game, serving an essential role in the operation of golf facilities throughout the country.

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

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