Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bermuda's Port Royal Golf Course To Host 2009, 2010 PGA Grand Slam Of Golf

(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) - Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda, which the late architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. deemed it his finest work outside of the United States, has been named the site for the 2009 and 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the season-ending showcase of the game's premier foursome and one boasting the most difficult qualification requirement in the game - a major championship - is televised by TNT to a worldwide audience.

This week, Bermuda's Mid Ocean Club is hosting the 26th PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 14-15. Next year's 27th PGA Grand Slam of Golf will be held at Port Royal Golf Course on Oct. 19-21.

Port Royal Golf Course, a public course that opened for play in 1970, has undergone a $13.7 million renovation that extends the layout 281 yards to 6,842 yards. The course will be reopened in January 2009.

"The PGA of America is honored to continue the PGA Grand Slam of Golf tradition on the island of Bermuda at Port Royal Golf Course," said PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb. "Bermuda's combination of unmatched hospitality and community support for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has enhanced the season-ending meeting of the game's elite foursome. We look forward to working with all of our friends in Bermuda in presenting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf next fall to the world."

"We are so proud to extend our valued partnership with The PGA of America and the Grand Slam of Golf," said Ewart F. Brown, Premier of Bermuda and Minister of Tourism. We are especially proud to have an event as prestigious as the Grand Slam at Port Royal -- a spectacular public golf course that belongs to the people of Bermuda and speaks loudly to our country's commitment to the game."

"My hat is off to the members and staff at the Mid Ocean Club. Last year, and once again this year, they've shown Bermuda and the world they can handle a top-notch golf event with expert precision. From the course maintenance to the hospitality to the volunteer effort -- they have set the bar extremely high."

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, Mid Ocean Club and the Fairmont Southampton.

The 6,842-yard, par-71 Port Royal Golf Course began its renovation program in January 2008, a project that includes rebuilding tees and greens and installing TifEagle grass. All bunkers have been redesigned and a reverse osmosis plant and course irrigation system has been installed.

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.

The winners of the 2009 major championships qualify to play in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf: The Masters April 9-12; at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.; the U.S. Open Championship, June 18-21; at Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, N.Y.; the British Open Championship, July 16-19; at Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland, and the 91st PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

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

The PGA of America Since 1916, The PGA of America's mission has been twofold: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the $76 billion golf industry. By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere.

The PGA of America also conducts four professional golf events: the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship and PGA Grand Slam of Golf. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.

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