Before four of the best golfers in the world face off in Bermuda this week, they're going to have a little fun.
The 2013 Grand Slam of Golf is a two-round event at the end of the PGA Tour season that features some of the major champions from this year.
It's a nice way to put a bow on the entire campaign. The golfers have a chance to play in a more relaxed environment in a great setting while fans can have a more intimate experience on the course.
Prior to playing the actual tournament, however, there's a pro-am that gives fans the chance to play along with the pros. Watching these can arguably be as much fun as going to the PGA's major tournaments because the mood is lighter and you can see a different side of the golfers.
For those unable to make the trip to Bermuda—perhaps your yacht is out of service, your plane is grounded, you've already made plans to make take that vacation to Durban or whatever—check out this preview to get all of the Pro-Am coverage you could need.
When: Monday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. ET
Where: Port Royal Golf Course, Bermuda
Live Stream: PGA.com
|Adam Scott||2013 Masters|
|Jason Dufner||2013 PGA Championship|
|Justin Rose||2013 U.S. Open|
|Padraig Harrington||2012 Grand Slam of Golf|
Rules (courtesy of Grand Slam of Golf Spectator Guide)
Each of the four major champions is paired with a group of amateur golfers for a total of six holes. It's a scramble start with each of the four starting on Nos. 1, 7, 10 and 14, respectively. It's a great opportunity for mere mortals to get a chance to get a few holes in with some of their favorite players.
Steve Williams May or May Not Break Your Camera
Day 1 of the Grand Slam of Golf is the only day that fans are allowed to bring their cameras. It makes sense because while the two rounds of the actual tournament aren't exactly as tense as the final round at Augusta, it's still a competition. The four golfers will be playing to win.
The Pro-Am is a more lighthearted affair, more about fans getting to see and interact with the pros in a way not present during actual tournaments. As a result, you can take as many pictures and ask for as many autographs as you want.
Be forewarned, though. Do not, and I mean do not, snap a picture of Adam Scott while he's in his swing. Scott's caddy, Steve Williams, will take your camera and throw it into the Atlantic Ocean.
OK, maybe he won't. Just to be on the safe side, though, try and do a little James Bond and bring one of those cameras that hides in a bag or a lapel pin.
Jason Dufner Will Actually Smile
Jason Dufner is a tough nut to crack. Seeing him smile is one of those once-in-a-lifetime events, akin to Halley's Comet or Sergio Garcia challenging for a major title.
However, there should be plenty of reasons for Dufner to smile this week.
For one, he's playing golf in Bermuda. Good luck finding anybody who could keep a frown while getting to play a round of golf in the middle of the ocean.
There's also the fact that this is a friendly competition that is more about the fans. Dufner doesn't need to enter into that zone where he's so focused on the task at hand that nothing breaks his concentration.
Should that not be enough, the PGA could very well have given Dufner a directive that he's forced to smile. Maybe they would have given him some of that laughing gas from Batman that made the Joker permanently display those pearly whites.
On a side note, there could be a lot of "Dufnering" as well.
Too Many People Will Ask Adam Scott about his Green Jacket
One of the coolest things about winning the Masters is getting your hands on that green jacket. Conversely, winning that green jacket will forever mean receiving questions about when you wear it, where you keep it, do you have it with you, etc.
You'd hope that fans will just let it lie, but realistically, Scott could be in for a barrage of jacket-related queries.
That piece of clothing isn't something that the winners will just readily have handy. It's not like a championship ring that you can just pull out of your pocket. You can't even stuff the green jacket in your bag because it'll get wrinkles.
Scott's green jacket is probably tucked safely away in one of his closets, and that's where it's gonna stay.