Webb Simpson earns second spot in PGA Grand Slam of Golf

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With his win in the 2012 U.S. Open, Webb Simpson earned the second spot in the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

Series: PGA Grand Slam

Published: Sunday, June 17, 2012 | 10:58 p.m.

With a spectacular, final-round, 2-under 68 at the incredibly difficult Olympic Club, 26-year-old Webb Simpson won the 112th U.S. Open at 1-over-par 281 by one shot over 2010 I.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson. It was just Simpson's second U.S. Open start.

Simpson overcame a four-shot deficit in the final round for his first major victory and in so doing, he earned the second spot in the 30th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, alongside friend and Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Simpson now has three PGA Tour wins in his young career.

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 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.