A blustery day at Port Royal for the final round of the PGA Grand Slam yesterday. The conditions and the dramatic topography not only tested the four golfers but also my knee. I most definitely haven’t done that much walking in a while, thus making the easy decision to give my calf raises a miss last night.
Ernie Els was the winner. The likeable South African with a swing as smooth as a babies bottom chased David Toms up the front nine but when most of us thought the status quo was to remain Els overhauled Toms after reeling off three birdies on the 14th, 15th and the picture postcard 16th (left) to take a lead by a shot, which he held to lift the cumbersome looking trophy.
Martin Kaymer and Northern Irishman and my favourite Graeme McDowell both finished well behind on +3 (8 shots behind the winner). The two were never in it but McDowell gave the crowd a cheer (photo) when he waded into the water on the 17th to knock a semi emerged ball on to the green.
There was an excellent crowd and the course looked in fine fettle and importantly from what I saw the event was without any of the normal ‘Bermuda kinks’. At the prize giving Bermuda’s Premier Dr Ewart Brown asked the crowd if they wanted the Grand Slam back next year. There was a rousing YES.
Bermuda’s agreement with the PGA runs out this year and there has been no decision made yet on 2011’s venue. I have no idea the cost of hosting the tournament but I would say it’s exorbitant. Premier Brown was known to be generous with other people’s money. With him departing a lot will depend on his successor.
As I left Port Royal I saw Ernie Els and his family jump into their car holding the Grand Slam trophy and still wearing his pink jacket presented to him by Premier Brown. I am sure there will be a place on his mantlepiece at his Wentworth home for the trophy but I don’t suspect the pink jacket will make his suitcase when he leaves the island tomorrow.