The Grand Slam of Golf is not to be continued, according to an announcement by the PGA of America. Launched in 1979 to bring together the winners of the season’s four major tournament, the 36-hole stroke-play event ultimately proved too difficult to fit in
the busy golf landscape and was also proving difficult to attract fans, TV viewership and media interest, explains the PGA. “When the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was launched in 1979, the golf world was much different than it is today,” the organisation said in a release posted on its website, also stating:
“After carefully evaluating the PGA Grand Slam of Golf over the past few years and studying how this event fits with today’s golf landscape and the PGA of America’s long term strategic plan, the PGA has decided to discontinue the event”. (Last year’s Grand Slam of Golf was due to be played at a course owned by billionaire Donald Trump but was scrapped after controversial comments Trump made about undocumented Mexican immigrants as he launched his Republican candidacy for U.S. president.)
This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.