Masters winner Watson first to qualify for PGA Grand Slam of Golf
Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years on Sunday, and with the victory became the first player to qualify for the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Oct. 13-15, at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda.
Watson finished the 2014 Masters with a four-day total of 8-under 280, good for a three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt.
Watson took control of the Masters with birdies on Nos. 8 and 9. Spieth, meanwhile, bogeyed both holes. The bogey by Spieth at No. 8 gave Watson a share of the lead at 7 under. And the bogey at No. 9 -- to Watson's birdie -- gave Watson a two-shot advantage at 8 under. Watson did not relinquish the lead the rest of the way.
This will mark Watson's second invitation to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. In his 2012 start, Watson tied for third.
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.
The remainder of the foursome for the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winners of the U.S. Open, June 12–15, at Pinehurst No. 2; the Open Championship, July 17-20 at Royal Liverpool; and finally, the 96th PGA Championship, Aug. 7-10, at Valhalla Golf Club.
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.
Here's a look at the Major Champions Points List after the 2014 Masters:
1. Adam Scott -- defending champion of the PGA Grand Slam of golf
T2. Bernhard Langer, 69.5 points (T8 in the Masters)
T2. Rory McIlroy, 69.5 points (T8 in the Masters)
T4. Stewart Cink, 59.5 (T14 in the Masters)
T4. Justin Rose, 59.5 (T14 in the Masters)
T4. Jim Furyk, 59.5 (T14 in the Masters)
7. Fred Couples, 54 points (T20 in the Masters)
8. Louis Oosthuizen, 51 points (25th in the Masters)
9. Martin Kaymer, 44 points (T31 in the Masters)
10. Jose Maria Olazabal, 41 points (T34 in the Masters)
11. Vijay Singh, 37 points (T37 in the Masters)
12. Lucas Glover, 33.5 points (T42 in the Masters)
T13. Mike Weir, 30 points (T44 in the Masters)
T13. Sandy Lyle, 30 points (T44 in the Masters)
T13. Darren Clarke, 30 points (T44 in the Masters)
16. Larry Mize, 25 points (T51 in the Masters)