August 30 2012
NORTON, Mass. -- Keegan Bradley capped a breakout season that included his first major championship with a win at last year's PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
It's not a title a player normally gets to "defend," though -- unless he wins another major the following year.
Bradley, though, will get that opportunity in October as a replacement for Rory McIlroy, who followed in his footsteps by winning the PGA Championship last month at Kiawah Island. McIlroy had already committed to play the same week in Shanghai, China at the BMW Masters, a new event on the European Tour, prior to winning the Wanamaker Trophy.
Joining Bradley at this year's Grand Slam will be Masters champ Bubba Watson, U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson and Ernie Els, who won his second British Open at Royal Lytham. The event will be played at the Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda Oct. 22-24.
"Any time you get to go to Bermuda and play in that tournament is really fun," Bradley said. "The group of guys this year is going to be a great group of guys.
"I was getting a lot of pressure from my family actually to go play because they love it as much as I do. But it's great to be able to go back there and play."
Bradley beat Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champ, by a stroke a year ago.