PGA Grand Slam of Golf to stay in Bermuda through 2014

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The PGA Grand Slam of Golf will remain at post-card pretty Port Royal Golf Course for at least another …

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Bermuda and Port Royal Golf Course will return as hosts through 2014 for the 31st and 32nd editions of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, The PGA of America has announced. The 31st PGA Grand Slam of Golf will be held Oct. 15-16, 2013.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a 36-hole season-ending showcase event that boasts the most difficult entry requirement in the game -- a major championship -- will be televised by TNT, Oct. 15-16, 2013, and in 2014, to a worldwide audience.

Port Royal -- described by late architect Robert Trent Jones Sr., as his finest design outside the United States -- is a public course that opened for play in 1970, and underwent a renovation completed in 2009, extending the par-71 layout to 6,842 yards.

Bermuda and Port Royal Golf Course are joined by the Fairmont Southampton, the host hotel for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

"The PGA of America is honored to continue the PGA Grand Slam of Golf tradition on the island of Bermuda through 2014 at the Port Royal Golf Course," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. "Bermuda has embraced the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, serving as an exemplary host the past six years and delivering unmatched hospitality and community support for the game's elite foursome. We are excited to once again join the Bermuda Department of Tourism in showcasing Bermuda as a premier golf and tourism destination by presenting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to the world."

"This is great news for Bermuda to have the PGA Grand Slam return for the next two years. During the past six years of hosting this event the beauty of Bermuda has been seen in countless millions of households across the world. I feel this is a great investment in our tourism product and attracts visitors to our shores to enjoy picture perfect rounds of golf at our world class courses," said The Hon. Wayne Furbert J.P., M.P., Minister of Business Development and Tourism.

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 an audience of more than 400 million households in more than 85 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. Padraig Harrington captured the 2012 PGA Grand Slam of Golf title at Port Royal.

The foursome for the 31st PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winner of the following major championships: The Masters, April 8-14, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.; the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, June 10-16, at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa; the Open Championship, July 15-21, at Muirfield, East Lothian, Scotland; and the 95th PGA Championship, Aug. 5-11, at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY.

Past PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champions include: Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Tom Lehman, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman and Nick Price.

About The PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: 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 PGA enables its Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion-dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, 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. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About Bermuda

Bermuda, just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. The island has more golf courses per square mile than anywhere in the world and the pleasant climate allows for a round of play any month of the year, no matter the season. Each of its breathtaking courses features a blend of turquoise ocean views, rolling hills and humbling challenges. For more information, please visit www.bermudatourism.com or call 1-800-BERMUDA.

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