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Match play

Open champion Ernie Els joins US Open champion Webb Simpson and Masters winner Bubba Watson in this week’s PGA Grand Slam of Golf. The 4th player is last year’s champion Keegan Bradley, who was invited back to Bermuda after PGA winner Rory McIlroy pulled out of the tournament citing that he had already made enough dough this year and needed a rest.

It is a shame McIroy is not here as he would have encouraged an army of Irish tourists like last year when both he and Darren Clarke played and very much enjoyed the local hospitality, especially Clarke!

The PGA Grand Slam has been contested in Bermuda since 2007 firstly at Mid Ocean and for the last 4 years at Port Royal (photo), which is only a tee-shot from our house. The first ever tournament was in 1979 and boasts the most difficult qualification requirement in the game – a major championship victory.

Today is practice day plus a pro-am and then tomorrow and Wednesday the players will play 36 holes to decide the winner who will pick up a cheque for $600,000. The 4th placed loser has to get by with only $200,000. I will be there on Wednesday.

UPDATE: Ernie Els has pulled out of the Grand Slam due to an ankle injury and is replaced by Padraig Harrington. So there will be an Irishman here after all. The event is being covered by Sky Sports and TNT in the U.S.

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