Masters champ Watson earns first spot in PGA Grand Slam field

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With his victory at the 76th Masters, Bubba Watson became the first player to earn a berth in the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Series: PGA Grand Slam

Published: Sunday, April 08, 2012 | 8:19 p.m.

It took two holes of sudden-death and a miraculous shot, but at the end of the 76th Masters, Bubba Watson earned his first major championship victory and the first spot in the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Watson sealed his maiden major title with an amazing wedge approach from pine straw, right of Augusta National's 10th fairway, setting up a two-putt par to defeat South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen. The two were knotted at 10-under 278 after 72 holes when Watson shot a 4-under 68 in the final round. Watson will be joined by the year's remaining three other major champions, Oct. 22-24, at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda, where 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley 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 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winner of the U.S. Open Championship, June 14-17, at Olympic Club in San Francisco; the Open Championship, July 19-22, at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, England; and the 94rd PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C.

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