PGA Grand Slam of Golf extends stay in Bermuda

The PGA of America has announced that the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, golf's most difficult event for which to qualify, will remain at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda through 2012.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Bermuda and Port Royal Golf Course will return as hosts for the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

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 Oct 23-24, 2012 by TNT to a worldwide audience.

Bermuda and Port Royal Golf Course are joined by the Fairmont Southampton, which will be the official hotel site for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Port Royal -- described by late architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., as his finest design outside the United States -- is a public course that opened for play in 1970, and underwent a $13.7 million renovation completed in 2009, extending the par-71 layout to 6,842 yards.

"The PGA of America is honored to continue the PGA Grand Slam of Golf tradition on the island of Bermuda through 2012 at the Port Royal Golf Course," said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. "Bermuda has embraced the PGA Grand Slam of Golf over the past several years, delivering unmatched hospitality and community support for golf's elite visiting foursome. We are excited to once again join the Bermuda Department of Tourism in showcasing Bermuda as a premier golf tourism destination and hosting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to the world."

Bermuda's Minister of Business Development and Tourism, the Hon. Patrice K. Minors JP, MP, said, "Bermuda is thrilled to once again be hosting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. In the past four years, our relationship with the PGA of America is one that has grown from strength to strength, and we are pleased that we are continuing this special partnership.

"This announcement clearly signifies that the PGA recognizes Bermuda as a premier destination to host one of their top golf events and we welcome their support of our tourism product. The exposure that Bermuda receives from this event cannot be understated, with tens of millions around the world bearing witness to our breathtaking scenery, charm and hospitality. Past PGA Grand Slam of Golf champions have included some of golf's greatest names, and we look forward to presenting the signature Pink Jacket to the next wave of champions in the years to come."

In 2011, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf featured 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. PGA Champion Keegan Bradley captured the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf title at Port Royal.

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