From left, this year's Fab Foursome: Angel Cabrera, Lucas Glover, Stewart Cink and Y.E. Yang. (All Photos: Getty Images)
A crowning achievement for a major champion
Who can know what thoughts bounce around the head of a newly crowned major champion? Immortality? History? The culmination of a lifelong dream? No doubt. But as sure as the sun shines brightly on Bermuda, TNT's Jim Huber says they soon realize that they have qualified for the most exclusive field on the planet: The PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
by Jim Huber, Special to PGA.com
They walk these fairways as if on a cloud, hovering just above the grass, never making a mark. For it is, to a golfer's eye, heaven.
They have taken divots from Amen Corner and repaired their marks on Bethpage Black. They have rustled the heather at Turnberry and endured Hazeltine National, all with the passage into the heaven that is Bermuda in the back of their minds.
They have worked dozens of years, traveled millions of miles, corrected the tiniest of swing flaws and sweated thousands of yards of short birdie putts, just for the right to be here.
Truth be told, there is nowhere else on earth these men would rather be at this very time than right here.
For to earn this right of passage means they have achieved every golfer's dream -- the winning of a major championship. Those at home argue that the season is long and the break welcome, that they would rather be fishing than fishing balls out of the ponds at Port Royal. But look deep into their eyes and you will see the stretch of their imagination, for it is here and only here where major champions are honored.
They have slipped on the Green Jacket, won a national championship, become Champion Golfer of the Year, conquered The PGA of America's annual test. It is their only ticket to ride. A grand reward for a monumental achievement.
For some, it comes as an afterthought.
"Oh, I forgot," they will say in the wash of their celebration. "I get to go to the Grand Slam now."
For others, it is part of the goal. If some want to include the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in what is generally called golf's "silly season," they haven't asked those who compete just how silly this is. Instead, it is silly to even think it. From the outside, they see the casual banter on the fairways, the laughter and fun. From the inside, they would see the glow of great achievement.
No other golf event in the world, then, not a single one, comes close to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for singularity. You can get invited to a White House dinner or a post-Oscars party easier. It doesn't help to either be famous or know somebody in these parts. In the immortal words of the Raiders' Al Davis, "Just win baby," just win a major.
So here they are, the four who managed that feat this year. Watch them walk these fairways. Look deep within their eyes. Listen to the pounding of their hearts.
This is the reward for the crowning achievement.