Golf Pga Grand Slam Stays in Bermuda for 2008

By: Julie Smith

For the second consecutive year the Island of Bermuda will host one of the most exclusive golf tournaments since it receives the winners of the sport's four major tournaments: Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship and the British Open. The best golf players of the world will face each other in the PGA Grand Slam final, a 36 whole stroke play event with a 1.35 million price.

The tournament that began in 1979 has been hosted in New York, Minnesota, Florida, Illinois, California and finally Hawaii where it has stayed for the past 12 years before moving outside the US to Mid Ocean Club in the Island of Bermuda last year.

Since sports play an integral role in the country's development, the Island of Bermuda's golfers and its business community, mostly known for being a dream destination, are obviously motivated about the PGA Grand Slam of Golf's to be hosted in their country in 2008. Nevertheless the selection is definitely not casual; the Mid Ocean Club in Bermudas has been ranked in the #45 position by Golf Digest for courses outside the United States and last year Grand Slam was more than successful.

The tournament is considered as one of the most important in golf and it is televised to a worldwide audience (100 countries) by TNT and Golf Channel, which means an economic shot for the host country. Actually, this year winner (Angel Cabrera) received $600,000 while second, third and fourth places got $300,000, $250,000, $200,000 respectively. However, the prize money did not counted towards the PGA Tour money list.

Getting a spot in the Grand Slam is not an easy task. The field is typically reserved to the year's four major champions. Past winners include: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Nick Price and Ian Woosnam.

The famous Tiger Woods, seven times winner of the Grand Slam was absent of this year tournament due to the recent birth of his daughter. Even thought, the event attracted around 7,000 golf fans. Hopefully, we all will be able to see the golf star next year at Mid Ocean Club. However, Bermudas is now set as a world class golf destination, and the dream of growing through the sport seems to turn into reality for the Island.

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