After a long and arduous PGA season, the Grand Slam of Golf offers a relaxing change of pace for the four golfers invited. Before the two-round championship commences, a day of fun and games is on the menu, and it started with the pro-am on Monday morning in sunny Bermuda.
Adam Scott, Jason Dufner and Dustin Rose earned a spot in this exclusive event by winning major championships this year. Phil Mickelson won the British Open this year and would have been the fourth participant if not for a previous engagement he couldn't miss.
In his stead is Padraig Harrington, who automatically qualified to take his place after he won the 2012 Grand Slam of Golf, as noted by Kelly Tilghman of the Golf Channel:
Padraig Harrington won last yr's Grand Slam of Golf so he replaces Phil Mickelson in the field. Defending champ is 1st alternate.— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) August 20, 2013
Each of the four champions took a group of amateurs out with him at the Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda on Monday, giving them an experience to remember.
The climate is ideal in Bermuda this time of year. Here's a gorgeous shot of the view from the course, as shown by the event's official Twitter account:
It wasn't all sunshine and green grass, however, as Mother Nature provided a bit of a challenge for those on the course in the form of a strong wind, per PGA.com:
Tough conditions for Grand Slam Pro-Am field. Wind whipping at Port Royal. #PGAGrandSlam— PGA.COM (@PGA_com) October 14, 2013
Of course, it helps to have one of the world's best golfers by your side to offer tips and lessons. PGA's David Charles shared how one lucky amateur received chipping lessons from Harrington during their round on Monday:
One of the amateurs in the field was none other than cricket legend Brian Lara, who is an honorary member of the Port Royal Golf Course, according to the Bermuda Sun.
Lara led a friendly game of cricket on the 18th tee before the pro-am wrapped up, at one point wicket-keeping for Justin Rose, as shown by the PGA's Julius Mason:
Rose tried to get one past Lara a bit later, but he'd rather stick to golf after failing to do so:
The day was full of lighthearted fun for all involved.
The four professionals won't go easy on one another once the real competition begins on Tuesday. But Monday's pro-am was a chance to simply enjoy the beautiful weather, take in the sights and have a good time with a small group of lucky golfers:
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