2012 PGA Grand Slam
of Golf Champion
PGA Grand Slam of Golf
The 30th edition of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf made another visit to the island of Bermuda and Port Royal Golf Course.
The last man to gain entry into the field, Ireland's Padraig Harrington shook off memories of playoff defeats in 2007 and 2008, by posting a 4-under-par 67. That was enough to hold off reigning U.S. Open Champion Webb Simpson by one stroke.
Harrington, who replaced injured Open Champion Ernie Els just four days prior to the first round, became only the second European, after Ian Woosnam in 1991, to win the event. The 41-year-old Harrington lost Grand Slam titles at Bermuda's Mid Ocean Club in 2007 and 2008, and had not enjoyed any success since capturing the Asian Tour's Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia two years and a week prior to his Bermuda trip.
Harrington earned the first-place check of $600,000 with a 9-under-par 133 total. Simpson (U.S. Open Champion) closed his debut in the season-ending showcase event with a 65, matching the Port Royal Golf Course record. Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champion, posted a 67, sharing third at 139 with Masters Champion Bubba Watson, who had a 71.
Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from an 18-hole, single-day affair to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf's best against each other for a $1.35 million purse, played in front of a television audience in more than 100 countries.
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