PGA Grand Slam of Golf
The most exclusive event in golf
From 1994-2006, Poipu Bay Golf Course played host to the annual PGA Grand Slam of Golf, one of the most prestigious competitions in the golf world. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, established in 1979, has the most difficult entry requirement of any event in golf. Each year the PGA of America invites only the winners of the four major championships36-hole stroke-play event conducted over two days, with the four players vying for a purse of well over a million dollars. Over the years, the most prominent names in golf have graced the greens at Poipu Bay during this event, including such golfing greats as: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, David Duval, Tom Lehman, Paul Azinger, Jose Maria Olazabal, Ernie Els, Mark O’Meara and Greg Norman.
Bringing out the best of the best
The PGA Grand Slam is always exciting, and the play often proves to be astounding, even by the players’ own standards. In the 1997 event, Tiger Woods executed an incredible sand shot on Poipu Bay’s signature 16th hole, a shot he has described as “one of the best I’ve ever played in my life.” When Woods saw his ball buried in wet sand on a severe down slope in a greenside bunker, he said “I thought I was a dead man.” Woods tried what he describes as a “100 to 1 shot,” he lifted his club straight into the air and came down into the sand like an axe. The ball shot forward, hit the grass embankment, jumped straight up into the air and continued forward, stopping two feet from the hole. Woods knocked the putt in for what he calls “one of the best pars of my life.” In 2003, T&L Golf magazine ranked it as one of the “Top Ten Best Shots” of Woods’ career.
Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to set an event record by taking first place in the competition for five consecutive years, from 1998 through 2002. In the 2004 event, Phil Mickelson set a course and event record with a stunning 13-under-par 59 on the final day, walking away with the first place pot of $400,000. Tiger Woods won the final two events at Poipu Bay in 2005 and 2006.
PGA Grand Slam of Golf Champions 1994-2006
|Jose Maria Olazabal||74-70-144|
|Davis Love III||71-67-138|
|1998||Champion Match: Tiger Woods def. Vijay Singh|
|3rd Place: Lee Janzen def. Mark O’Meara|
|1st Round: Tiger Woods def. Lee Janzen|
|1st Round: Vijay Singh def. Mark O’Meara|
|1999||Champion Match: Tiger Woods def. Davis Love III|
|3rd Place: Jose Maria Olazabal def. Paul Lawrie|
|1st Round: Tiger Woods def. Paul Lawrie|
|1st Round: Davis Love III def. Jose Maria Olazabal|
|Davis Love III||72-69-141|