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Tiger Woods admires the newest addition to his ever-growing collection of major championship trophies. (Photo: Getty Images)

Third U.S. Open title earns Tiger trip to Bermuda

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With his thrilling playoff victory over gutsy Rocco Mediate in the 108th U.S. Open on June 16 at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods earned yet another entry into the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Woods, now with 14 major titles to his credit, will attempt to add to his record seven PGA Grand Slam of Golf titles when the event returns to Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda Oct. 13-15.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- By captured a thrilling U.S. Open Championship on June 16, Tiger Woods earned an invitation to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which returns to Bermuda and Mid Ocean Club, Oct. 13-15. Woods' triumph at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif., was his 14th major championship and his fourth victory of the season.

Woods becomes the second player to gain a spot in the most difficult tournament to qualify for, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Trevor Immelman was the first to qualify with his Masters victory in April.

Woods owns the all-time record with seven victories in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a 36-hole event broadcast by TNT to an audience of 89 million U.S. homes along with an international audience from more than 100 countries in a prime-time telecast.

Woods did not win this year's U.S. Open without a fight. Rocco Mediate, who was searching for his first major championship title, took Woods to sudden death after the two players were still tied following the 18-hole playoff on Monday. Woods birdied the 18th hole during the final round on Sunday and then again during 18-hole playoff to force the sudden-death playoff.

Both players shot even-par 71 in the 18-hole playoff, but on the 91st hole at Torrey Pines, Mediate made bogey on the par-4 seventh, while Woods two-putted for par and the win.

It also was Woods' seventh victory at Torrey Pines, the most victories of any golfer on one course.

Mediate trailed by three strokes heading into the 11th hole, but made three straight birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 15 to take the lead and force Woods to birdie the 18th to extend the drama.

Woods continued his remarkable winning streak of 14 major titles when he has either shared or held the 54-hole lead alone. With the win, Woods joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players in history to have won every major championship at least three times.

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 British Open at Royal Birkdale in Lancashire, England, July 17-20, and the 90th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10, at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich.

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.

A limited amount of tickets and corporate hospitality opportunities are available to witness golf's major Champions compete for the title Champion of Champions and may be purchased by calling either 800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653) or (561) 624-7601, or by visiting www.PGA.com or www.pgagrandslamofgolf.com.

PGA Grand Slam Week begins Monday, Oct. 13, 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.

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
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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.

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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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