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Previewing the Grand Slam of Golf

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Jason Dufner will join three other golfers to play for over a half million dollars this week. (USATSI)
Jason Dufner will join three other golfers to play for over a half million dollars this week. (USATSI)

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The seemingly infinite golf season shows off one of its other post-PGA Tour season facets on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Grand Slam of Golf.

Oh, you didn't know there was golf on in prime time during the week this week? Here are a few other things you might not know about the event.

What is it?

A two-day 36-hole event between (presumably) the four major winners of a given year. Stroke play is the game although from 1979-1990 the event was only 18 holes of stroke play then from 1991-1997 they played 36, flipped to match play from 1998-1999, then back to 36 holes in 2000 and every event since then.

Who's playing?

This year the only major winner skipping the event is Phil Mickelson so last year's Grand Slam of Golf champion Padraig Harrington will take his spot. That gives us Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Jason Dufner, and Harrington.

Where is it?

Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda. This course has hosted the event every year since 2009.

Wait...why is this happening again?

Well it seems like a pretty good excuse for four elite golfers to play for a lot of money in an exotic location and a pretty easy sell for TV advertisers. Really, other than there not being an actual title on the line, it's a win-win for everyone.

How much money is at stake?

$1.35 million is distributed like this:

First place: $600,000
Second place: $300,000
Third place: $250,000
Fourth place: $200,000

Who has won this even the most times?

Who else? Tiger Woods has seven wins here, including a 14-stroke victory in 2002. Greg Norman is next closest with three wins.

What's the coolest thin that's ever happened here?

Phil Mickelson shot a 59 in 2004.

Should I watch?

Look, I can't force you, but Jason Dufner is going to be involved in a high-stakes, low-pressure made-for-TV event and that usually means you should watch.

Also, the scenery should be pretty spectacular.

How can I watch?

Tuesday: TNT from 4-7 p.m. Eastern
Wednesday: TNT from 4-8 p.m. Eastern

How do I get pumped up for this?

This should sort of do it.

OK, so who wins this year?

I actually think I like Justin Rose to take it. Dufner and Scott will be exhausted from the Presidents Cup and Harrington's form hasn't been that great all year.

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