By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer
Open Championship winner Darren Clarke, whose stunning victory at Royal St. George's made him the second consecutive major champion from Northern Ireland, has become the third major champion to earn a berth in the 29th PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
Clarke will be joined by Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel, U.S. Open winner -- and countryman -- Rory McIlroy and the eventual winner of the 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 will feature the winner of the 93rd PGA Championship, Aug. 8-14, at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
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