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Rose takes two-shot halfway Slam lead
PORT ROYAL—US Open champion Justin Rose took the halfway lead at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal yesterday, firing a four-under-par 67 on an overcast day to leave his three rivals to play catch-up. Englishman Rose, 33, heads the field in the annual 36-hole tournament for the year’s four major winners by two strokes. Rose’s closest rival is PGA champion Jason Dufner, an American, who returned a two-under-par 69, followed by Masters winner Adam Scott of Australia, who dropped three strokes in the last five holes to finish with a one-under 70.
Defending champion Padraig Harrington—in the field as a replacement for American Phil Mickelson, who was unavailable because of other commitments—is virtually out of contention after struggling to a three-under-par 74, the Irishman admitting it will take a miracle to retain the title he won here last year when he was also a substitute. The Slam is considered the most difficult tournament to qualify for as every player has to have won a major. This year’s purse of US$1.35 million is the same as last year with the winner taking home $600,000. Second place is worth $300,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.
The Slam first came to Bermuda in 2007 when it was held at the private Mid Ocean Club. It also staged the event the following year before then-Premier and Tourism Minister Dr Ewart Brown moved it to Port Royal in 2009. Port Royal, a government-run course, will host the Slam again next year after which it is expected to return to the United States. The Slam has cost the Bermuda government $1.5 million a year to stage. (CMC)
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