PGA Grand Slam of Golf

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The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is an annual off-season golf tournament contested by the year's winners of the four major championships of regular men's golf, which are the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship (British Open), and the PGA Championship. It is one of several invitational events for leading male golfers which are held each year after the PGA Tour and the European Tour seasons have concluded. The competition is organized by the PGA of America and the prize money does not count towards the PGA Tour money list.

The tournament has been staged since 1979 with a couple of short breaks. Since 1991, it has been played as a 2-day, 36-hole stroke play competition, except in 1998 and 1999, when it was played at match play. From 1979 to 1990, it was played as a 1-day, 18-hole stroke play competition. If a player wins more than one major in a calendar year or a player declines the invitation to play, the PGA of America will fill the four-man field by inviting the former major winner(s) with the best overall finishes in that year's majors.

Initially the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was played at a different golf course each year, but from 1994 to 2006, it was played at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Koloa, Hawaii on the island of Kauai. The tournament in Hawaii allowed the event to be televised in prime-time American television with live coverage because of the time difference.

In 2007, the tournament moved to the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda and it was played in mid-October, reflecting the earlier end to the main part of the PGA Tour season after the introduction of the FedEx Cup.[1] In 2009, the event stayed in Bermuda but moved to the Port Royal Golf Course.[2]

The current prize fund is $1.35 million, of which $600,000 goes to the winner. This is likely to be the lowest first prize some of the competitors have played for all year, but on the other hand there is a guaranteed $200,000 for coming in last. From 1991 to 2005, the prize fund was $1 million, of which $400,000 went to the winner. In 2006, the purse was $1.25 million, with $500,000 going to the winner.

In the 2004 tournament at Poipu Bay Golf Course, Phil Mickelson shot a 59 in the second round.[3]

The 1986–90 tournaments were played at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, site of the PGA Championship in 1989.

The event was to be moved to Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California for the 2015 contest,[4] but on July 7, 2015 the PGA announced that the 2015 event will not be played at the course.[5] After being unable to find a suitable course, for 2015 event was canceled.[6]

World Series of Golf[edit]

The year's four major champions in a 36-hole event was previously applied at the original "World Series of Golf," played from 1962 through 1975 at the South Course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Held in early September, Jack Nicklaus won four of the fourteen events, including the first two, and was runner-up in six. All editions had a winner's share of $50,000, a substantial prize in its early years, significantly more than a major. The event changed to a limited field PGA Tour event in 1976 and continues as the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Host courses[edit]

Years Venue Location
2016 TBA
2015 Canceled[6]
2009–2014 Port Royal Golf Course Southampton, Bermuda
2007–2008 Mid Ocean Club Tucker's Town, Bermuda
1994–2006 Poipu Bay Golf Course Koloa, Hawaii
1992–1993 PGA West Nicklaus Resort Course La Quinta, California
1991 Kauai Lagoons Resort Kauai, Hawaii
1986–1990 Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1982 PGA National Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1981 Breakers West Golf Course West Palm Beach, Florida
1980 Hazeltine National Golf Club Chaska, Minnesota
1979 Oak Hill Country Club Rochester, New York


Year Winner Second Third Fourth
2016 Field:
2015 Canceled[6] – Due to a late change of golf course and a new venue was not found.
2014 Germany Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) United States Bubba Watson (Masters) Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (Open, PGA) United States Jim Furyk (a)
2013 Australia Adam Scott (Masters) England Justin Rose (U.S. Open) United States Jason Dufner (PGA) Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (a)
2012 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (a) United States Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) (tie) United States Keegan Bradley (a) & United States Bubba Watson (Masters)
2011 United States Keegan Bradley (PGA) South Africa Charl Schwartzel (Masters) Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open) Northern Ireland Darren Clarke (Open)
2010 South Africa Ernie Els (a) (2) United States David Toms (a) (tie) Germany Martin Kaymer (PGA) & Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open)
2009 United States Lucas Glover (U.S. Open) Argentina Ángel Cabrera (Masters) United States Stewart Cink (Open) South Korea Yang Yong-eun (PGA)
2008 United States Jim Furyk (a) (2) Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (Open, PGA) South Africa Retief Goosen (a) South Africa Trevor Immelman (Masters)
2007 Argentina Ángel Cabrera (U.S. Open) Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington (Open) United States Jim Furyk (a) United States Zach Johnson (Masters)
2006 United States Tiger Woods (Open, PGA) (7) United States Jim Furyk (a) Australia Geoff Ogilvy (U.S. Open) Canada Mike Weir (a)
2005 United States Tiger Woods (Masters, Open) (6) United States Phil Mickelson (PGA) New Zealand Michael Campbell (U.S. Open) Fiji Vijay Singh (a)
2004 United States Phil Mickelson (Masters) Fiji Vijay Singh (PGA) South Africa Retief Goosen (U.S. Open) United States Todd Hamilton (Open)
2003 United States Jim Furyk (U.S. Open) Canada Mike Weir (Masters) United States Shaun Micheel (PGA) United States Ben Curtis (Open)
2002 United States Tiger Woods (Masters, U.S. Open) (5) (tie) United States Justin Leonard (a) & United States Davis Love III (a) United States Rich Beem (PGA)
2001 United States Tiger Woods (Masters) (4) United States David Toms (PGA) South Africa Retief Goosen (U.S. Open) United States David Duval (Open)
2000 United States Tiger Woods (U.S. Open, Open, PGA) (3) Fiji Vijay Singh (Masters) United States Tom Lehman (a) United States Paul Azinger (a)
1999 United States Tiger Woods (PGA) (2) United States Davis Love III (a) Spain José María Olazábal (Masters) Scotland Paul Lawrie (Open)
1998 United States Tiger Woods (a) Fiji Vijay Singh (PGA) United States Lee Janzen (U.S. Open) United States Mark O'Meara (Masters, Open)
1997 South Africa Ernie Els (U.S. Open) United States Tiger Woods (Masters) United States Davis Love III (PGA) United States Justin Leonard (Open)
1996 United States Tom Lehman (Open) United States Steve Jones (U.S. Open) England Nick Faldo (Masters) United States Mark Brooks (PGA)
1995 United States Ben Crenshaw (Masters) (tie) Australia Steve Elkington (PGA) & United States Corey Pavin (U.S. Open) United States John Daly (Open)
1994 Australia Greg Norman (a) (3) Zimbabwe Nick Price (Open, PGA) South Africa Ernie Els (U.S. Open) Spain José María Olazábal (Masters)
1993 Australia Greg Norman (Open) (2) United States Paul Azinger (PGA) (tie) United States Lee Janzen (U.S. Open) & Germany Bernhard Langer (Masters)
1992 Zimbabwe Nick Price (PGA) United States Tom Kite (U.S. Open) United States Fred Couples (Masters) England Nick Faldo (Open)
1991 Wales Ian Woosnam (Masters) Australia Ian Baker-Finch (Open) United States Payne Stewart (U.S. Open) United States John Daly (PGA)
1990 United States Andy North (a) (2) United States Craig Stadler (a) United States Payne Stewart (PGA) United States Curtis Strange (U.S. Open)
(replaced by Mike Ditka due to illness)[7]
1989 United States Curtis Strange (U.S. Open) United States Craig Stadler (a) Australia Ian Baker-Finch (a) Australia Greg Norman (a)
1988 United States Larry Nelson (PGA) (tie) United States Larry Mize (Masters) & United States Scott Simpson (U.S. Open) Australia Greg Norman (a)
1987 No tournament
1986 Australia Greg Norman (Open) United States Fuzzy Zoeller (a) (tie) United States Jack Nicklaus (Masters) & United States Bob Tway (PGA)
1983–85 No tournament
1982 United States Bill Rogers (Open) United States David Graham (U.S. Open) United States Larry Nelson (PGA) United States Tom Watson (Masters)
1981 United States Lee Trevino (a) United States Tom Watson (Open) United States Jack Nicklaus (U.S. Open) Spain Seve Ballesteros (Masters)
1980 United States Lanny Wadkins (a) United States Hale Irwin (U.S. Open) (tie) Australia David Graham (PGA) & United States Fuzzy Zoeller (Masters)
1979 (tie) South Africa Gary Player (Masters) & United States Andy North (U.S. Open) (tie) United States John Mahaffey (PGA) & United States Jack Nicklaus (Open)

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Multiple winners[edit]

Through 2014, five golfers have won the event more than once:

  • Tiger Woods – 7 wins: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006
  • Greg Norman – 3 wins: 1986, 1993, 1994
  • Andy North – 2 wins: 1979, 1990
  • Jim Furyk – 2 wins: 2003, 2008
  • Ernie Els – 2 wins: 1997, 2010


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