Adam Scott earns final invite to PGA Grand Slam of Golf
By Andrew Prezioso, PGA.com
With Rory McIlroy’s exciting win at the PGA Championship on Sunday, Adam Scott will earn the final invite to this year's PGA Grand Slam of Golf, to be held Oct. 13-15 at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda.
Since McIlroy was already assured of a spot in the field with his win at the Open Championship, the invitation is extended to Scott, the defending champion at the Bermuda event.
McIlroy defeated Phil Mickelson by one stroke to win the PGA Championship for his third win in a row.
Scott will make the trip back to Bermuda looking to become the first back-to-back winner since Tiger Woods did it in 2005 and 2006. Last year, Scott beat Justin Rose by two strokes in a field that also included Jason Dufner and Padraig Harrington.
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.
While the PGA Grand Slam of Golf extends its four invitations each year to the winners of the four majors, there is a contingency plan in place should a player not be able to make the trip. In the event of an injury or a dual winner in a major championship, the PGA of America has developed a formula to complete the PGA Grand Slam of Golf field.
The defending champion receives the initial invitation, then the Major Champions Points List is used to complete the field. This equation incorporates active past major winners and how they compete in this year's major events. The point system awards 150 points for a second-place finish in a major event, 125 for third, 110 for fourth, 100 for fifth, 90 for sixth, 85 for seventh, all the way through 70th place, which receives 6 points. In order to be eligible for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a player must be or must have been a major winner.