By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer
U.S. Open Champion Rory McIlroy, whose stunning, record-setting performance at Congressional Country Club made him the second player from Northern Ireland to win the U.S. Open in as many years, has become the second major champion to earn a berth in the 29th PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
McIlroy, who set the U.S. Open scoring record with a sensational four-day total of 16-under-par 268, will be joined by Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel and the remaining two major champions of the Open Championship and PGA Championship, Oct. 18-19, at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda, where South Africa's Ernie Els triumphed a year ago.
The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult qualification requirement in the game -- a major championship -- will be televised by TNT to a worldwide audience.
Port Royal Golf Course joins the Fairmont Southampton as the official hotel site for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. The 6,842-yard, par-71 Port Royal is a public course that opened for play in 1970.
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 remainder of the foursome for the 29th PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winner of the the 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.
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