With the megabucks FedEx Cup and the dramatic Ryder Cup consigned to golfing history, discounting the European Tour’s lucrative Race To Dubai, there’s very little left of note in the 2012 golfing calendar. However, one event which is growing in stature is set to take place in a week’s time, and it features all four of this year’s major champions. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf has taken place since 1979, and this year’s event promises to be a lot of fun for the golf fan suffering from withdrawal symptoms after the Ryder Cup’s end.
Every event features the four major winners over the past year, and this tournament is no different. The four participants this year are big-hitting Masters champion Bubba Watson, US Open holder Webb Simpson, South African veteran Ernie Els, who won the Open in dramatic style and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy, who holds the USPGA Championship. All of them big names for some reason, this year’s event, which takes place at the Bermuda and Port Royal Golf Course from the 22nd-24th October, should generate a lot of interest.
Played over three days, like most golf tournaments, each participant will play 18 holes, with the winner the player who posts the lowest score. However, as there’s only a field of four players, the possibility of one player running away with the title is more likely, especially when it comes to form. The 2004 event was proof that it could happen, as eventual winner Phil Mickelson shot a round of 59 en route to lifting the title.
As far as prize money is concerned, from the $1.3m prize fund, the winner picks up a useful $600,000 cheque as well as the trophy. Although it’s not the most lucrative prize in golf, it’s still a lot of money compared to the prizes on offer in some PGA and European Tour events. It’s unlikely that any of the year’s foursome are to pull out, so it will make for compelling viewing.
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Lucas Glover won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda following an inspired back nine that saw him eclipse his three rivals. The US Open Champion finished five under on 66 finishing five shots ahead of second placed Masters Champion Angel Cabrera.
Glover had started the second day two shots clear of Stewart Cink, but it was Cink who had the best of the first nine holes sinking four birdies while Glover appeared to struggle.
The back nine was a different story and the luck was reversed as Cink suddenly hit trouble dropping shots on the 12th and 13th and double bogeying the 15th. Conversely Glover hit four birdies on the back nine propelling him toward the win.
Cink finished the tournament in third place six shots behind the winner, while Y E Yang continued to struggle to keep up and finished ten shots behind Glover. None the less the South Korean still walks away with the losers prize of $200,000.
Twenty nine year old Glover who had registered the Port Royal Golf Club course record on Tuesday with a magnificent 65 was rewarded for his win with a cheque for $600,000. Following his victory the American said;
“I got it turned around towards the end of the front nine and played pretty good golf from there. This is such a hard tournament to get into and I would be crazy if I said on 1 January that my goal is to win the grand slam because you only have four chances to get here.All four of us came here wanting to win the grand slam. I’m very honoured and very happy that it was me.”
Stewart Cink who finished in third place said;
“I had some momentum going and in a tournament like this where it’s two rounds, you really need to stay on the gas the whole day, the whole two rounds. I made a couple of bogeys in a row out there and I felt like my momentum was gone. Lucas played really well during that stretch.”
US Open Champion Lucas Glover leads the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda, taking a two shot lead over his rivals into the final round. Glover shot a six under 65 in the strokeplay event that features this years four major winners.
British Open winner Stewart Cink followed fellow American Glover, hitting 67, while the Master winner Argentinian Angel Cabrera is in third place, five shots off the lead with 70.
USPGA Champion Y E Yang makes up the group of four major winners and the South Korean currently trails the field with his round of 71.
The four contestants will share prize money of $1.35million with the winner taking the lions share of $600,000 and the fourth placed player guaranteed $200,000 for finishing last.
Glover has shown some fine form in Bermuda, his round of 65 included one eagle, six birdies and two bogeys at the Port Royal course, his compatriot Cink’s round of 67 including five birdies and one bogey.
Cink who was involved in that epic battle with Tom Watson to win the British Open was happy to soak up the atmosphere and reflect, saying;
“It’s a great honour to be here. Obviously, I want to play well and winning would be nice, but this is also about having a good time. It’s both a championship and a celebration of the four of us and the accomplishments of the year, and enjoying this beautiful setting.”