Bradley will play in Grand Slam of Golf
It is such a difficult tournament to get into that the defending champion got an invite to this year’s affair only when a competitor phoned in his regrets.
Yet Keegan Bradley was more than happy to answer the last-minute call to join the field at the annual Grand Slam of Golf. He will replace PGA champion Rory McIlroy, who was unable to fit the four-player, $1.35 million PGA of America event into his schedule.
The tournament for the season’s four major winners will be held Oct. 23-24 at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda and McIlroy had previously committed to the BMW Masters, which tees off Oct. 25 in Shanghai.
Masters winner Bubba Watson, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Ernie Els, who posted a stunning victory in the Open Championship, round out the elite field that will join Bradley.
Bradley, competing as the 2011 PGA champion, won last year’s tournament when he shot 67-71 to outscore Charl Schwartzel (74-65), McIlroy (67-75), and Darren Clarke (77-74).
Though he confirmed his commitment to the tournament via text and expressed great pleasure to have received the invitation, Bradley was not able to talk in greater detail – and for good reason. A year ago, ferocious rains hit parts of the Northeast, and Bradley’s native Vermont suffered some of the worst flooding. To help raise money for the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, Bradley played host to a charity golf tournament Monday at the Woodstock Inn & Resort, one of the first golf courses he played as a boy.
Bradley, who sits 13th in the FedEx Cup standings, will maintain a hometown feel this week, playing in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., some 30 miles from Hopkinton, where he spent his senior year in high school.