Woods earns a shot to defend his PGA Grand Slam title
With his successful defense of his Open Championship title, Tiger Woods earned the right to defend his crown in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the season-ending showcase of major champions. Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy already have qualified.
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Last year, Tiger Woods romped to his sixth title in seven appearances at the hardest event in golf for which to qualify -- the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. With his successful defense of his Open Championship title, Woods earned the opportunity to defend his title in the season-ending showcase of major champions, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course and Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Hawaii.
Woods will be joined by Masters Champion Phil Mickelson, U.S. Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy and the winner of the PGA Championship, Nov. 21-22, in the 36-hole event televised by TNT, which will be broadcast to a worldwide audience of 89 million U.S. homes and an international audience of more than 100 countries in a prime-time telecast.
This year's major champions will compete on the 7,123-yard, par-72 Robert Trent Jones Jr. layout that has yielded some of golf's most memorable shot-making moments of the past several years.
In 2004, Mickelson followed his Masters victory by posting a career-best and event-record 59. Woods' victory at last year's PGA Grand Slam of Golf was as surgically precise as his Open victory at Royal Liverpool. Woods posted a seven-stroke victory over reigning PGA Champion Mickelson, U.S. Open Champion Michael Campbell and three-time major champion Vijay Singh.
This year's purse will increase to $1.25 million, with the winner receiving $500,000, second place $300,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. Should a player win more than one major championship this season, the foursome will be completed through a Major Champions Points List composed of past major champions who compete in the current year's majors.
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Tickets to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf are available to purchase at 1-800-PGA-GOLF (742-4653), or online at www.PGA.com.
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