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Alternate Plan

While the Major Champions Points List will continue to be utilized to complete the PGA Grand Slam of Golf foursome, the defending champion will earn No. 1 alternate status when it comes to rounding out the most exclusive field in golf.

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2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf champion Ernie Els will be first in the alternate line should a replacement be needed to fill out the 2011 field. (Getty Images)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The 29th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, to be contested Oct. 18-19, in Bermuda, will become the first in event history to grant its defending champion No. 1 alternate status in the event of multiple major champions or should a qualifying player be unable to compete.

Defending Champion Ernie Els captured the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, earning his way into the season-ending showcase after finishing among the leaders on the Major Champions Points List, a standard that will continue to be utilized to complete the season's elite foursome.

The Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed Port Royal Golf Course will host the PGA Grand Slam of Golf this season and in 2012, with the action televised by TNT to a worldwide audience.

"The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is a special reward to a major champion, and an event that few players in the game have experienced," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "We are pleased to give our Champion of Champions, should the opportunity arise, the opportunity to defend his title in the season's premier foursome."

Bermuda and Port Royal Golf Course are joined by the Fairmont Southampton, which is the official hotel for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Port Royal is a public course that was opened for play in 1970, and underwent a $13.7 renovation completed in 2009, extending the par-71 layout to 6,842 yards.

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

TNT's prime-time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and international viewers in more than 100 countries.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.

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. Ernie Els captured the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf title at Port Royal.

The foursome for the 29th PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winner of the following major championships: The Masters, April 7-10, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.; the 111th U.S. Open Championship, June 16-19, at Congressional Country Club in Potomac, Md.; the 140th Open Championship, July 14-17, at Royal St. George's, England; and the 93rd PGA Championship, Aug. 8-14, at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

Past PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champions include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman and Nick Price.

About The PGA of America

Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: 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 PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry.

By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable 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 brand represents the very best in golf.

About Bermuda

Bermuda, just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. The island has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world and the pleasant climate allows for a round of play any month of the year, no matter the season. Each of its breathtaking courses features a blend of turquoise ocean views, rolling hills and humbling challenges. For more information, please visit www.bermudatourism.com or call 1-800-BERMUDA.