Mickelson to miss the Grand Slam of Golf
British Open champion Phil Mickelson will be the only 2013 major champion missing from this year’s Grand Slam of Golf when it is played in Bermuda.
The four-man event for the four major winners has confirmed that Adam Scott (US Masters winner), Justin Rose (US Open) and Jason Dufner (US PGA) will all tee it up in the Grand Slam.
2013 British Open Champion – Phil Mickelson (Credit: www.golffile.ie)
Yet Mickelson, whose dramatic finish at Muirfield secured him his first British Open, has pulled out of the 36-hole event supposedly due to a scheduling conflict.
And in something of a surprise, Irish star and two-time major winner Padraig Harrington has already been confirmed as Mickelson’s replacement, despite not seriously figuring in any of the majors this year.
Conditions of the event state that if a current major champion cannot attend, the Grand Slam of Golf holder receives the initial invitation before the Major Champions Points List, which charts the performance throughout the year of active major champions, is used to complete the field.
Harrington won this event in 2012 and also finished runner-up during his purple patch of form in 2007 and 2008.
Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other for a $1.35m purse.
This year’s event, to be played at the Port Royal Golf Course on October 15 and 16 will be televised into 88 million US households and is expected to be seen in more than 100 countries