PGA Grand Slam
Recognized as one of the most sought-after invitations in golf, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf offered a unique platform for golfers who had achieved the highest qualification requirement in the sport – a major championship victory. Held on the exquisite Mid Ocean Club course, the tournament was scheduled for October 16-17, 2007, and was to be televised by TNT, reaching millions of homes in the United States and across the globe.
The layout of the Mid Ocean Club course, measuring 6,520 yards and boasting a par of 70, was crafted by the esteemed golf course architect Charles Blair Macdonald in 1921. The layout was further refined in the 1950s by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr., enhancing its challenges and natural beauty. The club's rich history and its ability to provide a challenging yet fair playing field made it an ideal venue for hosting this prestigious event.
The significance of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was highlighted by the fact that only winners of the year's four major championships – the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship – were eligible to compete. This elite selection criterion ensured that only the best and most accomplished golfers would grace the fairways of the Mid Ocean Club.
The event's move to Bermuda marked a milestone in its history, as the beautiful island welcomed some of the greatest golfers of the time. It was a testament to Bermuda's commitment to showcasing itself as a world-class golf destination. The Mid Ocean Club, known for its challenging course and historical significance, received a glowing endorsement from Golf Digest as one of the top-ranked courses outside of the United States.
As the event unfolded on the picturesque Bermuda landscape, it carried forward the tradition of presenting a substantial purse to the participants. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 2007 featured a total purse of $1.35 million, with the winner earning $600,000.
The occasion marked a new chapter in the legacy of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, as it showcased the best players in the world on the extraordinary backdrop of Bermuda's Mid Ocean Club. The event remained a true celebration of golf's grandeur and the remarkable skill exhibited by those who had achieved the pinnacle of success in the sport's major championships.
In 2007, the winner was Jim Furyk, with Padraig Harrington as the runner-up, Retief Goosen in third place, and Trevor Immelman in fourth. The following year, in 2008, Angel Cabrera claimed victory, Padraig Harrington secured the runner-up position once again, Jim Furyk finished in third place this time around, and Zach Johnson took the fourth spot.