As the calendar hurtles us towards winter, the PGA season has come to a conclusion. However, the 31st Grand Slam of Golf makes sure the golf continues.
Padraig Harrington, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Jason Dufner will tee it up at the Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda on Oct. 15 and 16 for 36 holes of tournament play and a $1.35 million purse.
Heading to Bermuda is an enviable way for these guys to avoid slogging through sloppy courses, which should make it no surprise that this is the seventh time this event tees off on the small island in the Atlantic—and the fifth time at the Port Royal Golf Course.
I mean, just look at this course:
Granted, that picture shows nothing of the course, but who cares! Look at that water.
Also, if this shot of Adam Scott flaunting his shorts is any indication, I don't think spectators will be needing their parkas.
TV and Live Stream Schedule
Live stream mirrors TV coverage and can be found on TNT.com.
Tuesday: TNT 4-7 p.m. ET
Wednesday: TNT 4-8 p.m. ET
This event is designated for the winners of the year's major events. Phil Mickelson, who claimed his first British Open this year, declined his invitation. Three-time major champ Harrington is taking Lefty's spot and he is the event's defending champion.
Harrington hasn't won a PGA event in three years.
So, obviously, he also filled in as a replacement last year after taking Ernie Els' place due to the Big Easy suffering an ankle injury. Harrington went on to a one-stroke win over Webb Simpson.
Harrington will have big competition this year.
World No. 2 Scott was the first to punch his ticket with his dramatic win in Augusta at the Masters for the Australian's first career major. The trend of first-time major winners continued as Justin Rose took the U.S. Open. Rose's win left Phil Mickelson with yet another runner-up at that grand event.
Let's not get too worked up over Mickelson's near miss. The 43-year-old collected his fifth major in his next opportunity with a win at the British Open. That ultimately opened up the door for Harrington to get back in this event.
Lastly, Jason Dufner used superb ball striking to claim the year's final major and ensure that 3 of 4 major winners for 2013 would be first-timers.
All three of these guys are in the top 10 of the world golf rankings, and all ended the year playing solid golf.
This sets up for what should be a fun and competitive two days of golf.