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The PGA Championship winner will secure the final berth in the most elite foursome, at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda in October.

PGA Grand Slam of Golf

The first tee at Port Royal is the destination for the player who wins the PGA Championship this week. (Getty Images)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- There’s a compelling and simple reason why earning a berth in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf might be the hardest feat in golf to accomplish. And the final major championship of the 2010 season provides what may be the tallest hurdle to scale in search of that elusive berth.

The 92nd PGA Championship will be held at Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, Wis., one of the most demanding courses to host any major championship. Architect Pete Dye, known for designing some of the hardest, trickiest courses on the planet, found his unforgiving, links-style template hard on the western shore of Lake Michigan.

The course, which played host to the 2004 PGA Championship won in a playoff by Vijay Singh, features three par 5s longer than 590 yards and four par 4s longer than 493 yards, including the 500-yard 18th. Players then called it the most testing course to ever host a major championship and with deceptive sightlines that conceal targets and bailout areas, it lives up every bit to the term “Dye-abolical.”

As if winning a major championship isn’t difficult enough, Whistling Straits – once nicknamed “the Pebble Beach of the Midwest” – demands length and accuracy of its players to a degree heretofore unseen this season. Even at Pebble, which played host to the U.S. Open two months ago.

To the player who best navigates the Straits awaits that elusive berth in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which once again returns to the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda. Last year, Lucas Glover earned the coveted title of “Champion of Champions” by outlasting Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink and 2009 PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf will once again air on TNT, where it is broadcast in prime-time to more than 99 million U.S. homes and an international audience of more than 100 countries. Comprised of the four major championship winners, the 36-hole PGA Grand Slam of Golf provides the best players in the world the opportunity to earn a spot in the most elusive foursome in all of golf.

Already, Masters Champion Phil Mickelson, U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell and Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen have secured their berths in that foursome.

Should a player win more than one major Championship this season, the foursome will be completed through the Major Champions Points List composed of past major Champions who compete in the current year’s majors.

Past PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champions include: Mickelson, Glover, Cabrera, Jim Furyk, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Nick Price and Ian Woosnam.

Corporate Hospitality information for the 28th PGA Grand Slam of Golf is available at PGA.com or www.pgagrandslamofgolf.com. For more information regarding corporate hospitality, please call (561) 624-7631.  A limited amount of tickets are available to witness golf’s major Champions compete for the title Champion of Champions.  To pre-register for tickets, visit PGA.com or www.pgagrandslamofgolf.com or call 800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653) or (561) 624-7601.

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