Bradley wins Grand Slam of Golf

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SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda -- Keegan Bradley only needed an even-par 71 on Wednesday to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by a single stroke at Port Royal Golf Course.

Bradley finished at four-under 138 for the victory at the championship with the most elite field in golf.

This two-day tournament was reserved for the four major winners of 2011.

Bradley, the PGA Champion, defeated Masters winner Charl Schwartzel by a shot after the South African fired a six-under 65 on Wednesday.

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shared the first-round lead with Bradley, but a four-over 75 in the final round dropped the Northern Irishman to third place at even-par 142.

Open Champion Darren Clarke finished a distant fourth after a three-over 74 on Wednesday left him at plus-nine.

Bradley struggled early with bogeys at one, five and six. He atoned for the error with a birdie at the par-five seventh, but, despite the front-nine woes, he still found himself tied for the lead.

McIlroy fell out of first thanks to three consecutive bogeys from the seventh. Bradley's challenge came from the man who donned the green jacket this year at Augusta National.

Schwartzel birdied five in a row starting at the par-four fifth to match Bradley in first at two-under par.

Bradley inched in front with a birdie at the par-four 10th and Schwartzel fell further back with a bogey at No. 13 when he missed the green. The South African clawed within one thanks to a birdie at the 15th.

Both players birdied the par-five 17th, so it came down to No. 18.

Schwartzel missed a 30-foot birdie try and it left Bradley with a five-foot par save for the win. He sank it to walk off with the title.

"It was a lot more intense than I thought it was going to be," admitted Bradley. "Coming down the stretch it felt like any other tournament that I played in. At 18, I was thinking to myself, 'I'd better get this up-and-down and maybe get into a playoff."

NOTES: Bradley pocketed $600,000, while Schwartzel took $300,000, McIlroy walked off with $250,000 and Clarke earned $200,000...Ernie Els, despite not winning a major in 2010, won the title last year.


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