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inaugural PGA Grand Slam of Golf
The inaugural PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1979 featured (from left) PGA Champion John Mahaffey, Open Champion Jack Nicklaus and U.S. Open champion Andy North. (Photo: The PGA of America)

PGA Grand Slam of Golf represents a major achievement

If a major championship is the hardest event to win in professional golf, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf is the hardest for which to qualify. Since 1979, golf's greats have strived to gain entry into the game's most exclusive foursome.

Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from and 18-hole, single-day affair to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf's best against each other for a $1.35 million purse, played in front of a television audience in more than 100 countries.

The debut of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf concluded with 1978 U.S. Open winner Andy North and 1978 Masters winner Gary Player sharing first place at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. Since then, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has been contested over many of the nation's finest golf courses in an annual showcase of golfing greats, such as Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. In 1991, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf changed its format to a two-day, 36-hole event.

Hosting the event in the fall enables the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to attract the four winners of the current season's major Championships to a fitting conclusion of the season. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf converted from stroke play to match play for two years in 1998, and then back to stroke play in 2000.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is considered by Tour professionals as the "toughest qualifying event in golf."

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