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Four Powerhouses to Clash at PGA Grand Slam

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The PGA Grand Slam of Golf commences Nov. 20-21 this week, with the four major champions of 2001 competing for a $400,000 first-place check at the Poipu Bay Golf Club in Kauai, Hawaii.
 
Coverage is set to air at 8 p.m. ET both nights on TNT.
 
Check out this year's contestants:
 
Tiger Woods_Concentrates_HSTiger Woods:
 
Woods win early in the season at The Masters will see him attempting to claim his fourth straight PGA Grand Slam of Golf title. Should he win this edition, it will serve as an all-time record.
 
Records are something that Woods is becoming accustomed to breaking as the No. 1 player in the world took a third straight Vardon Trophy in 2001 for his lowest stroke average of 68.87. He won five times on the PGA Tour, collecting $5.7 million in the process, and also took the Johnnie Walker Classic and the Deutsche Bank ' SAP Open in Europe. His Masters title in April completed a run of four straight majors dating back to the 00 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The feat was previously unprecedented.
 
Last year, Woods beat Vijay Singh in a playoff at the PGA Grand Slam by first eagling the 18th in regulation and then eagling the same hole again on the first hole of sudden death.
 
Tiger Woods' bio
 
David Duval:
 
Duval will be competing in his first PGA Grand Slam this year by way of his inaugural major championship at the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
 
The victory was Duvals only win of the year, but he fared well at all the majors, finishing second at the Masters, tied for 10th at the PGA Championship and tied for 16th at the U.S. Open.
 
Ranked No. 3 in the world, Duval finished eighth on the PGA Tours money list for 2001, earning just over $2.8 million. Despite heavy travel in recent times, his game is on form as well, as the 30-year-old from Jacksonville, Fla., won the Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan two weeks ago, and then teamed with Woods for a second-place showing at the WGC-EMC World Cup of Golf.
 
David Duval's bio
 
Retief Goosen:
 
Retief GoosenSouth Africas Goosen had a breakout season in 2001 as the 32-year-old took his first major championship at the U.S. Open at Southern Hills, defeating Mark Brooks in an 18-hole playoff.
 
Ranked 12th in the world, he also won the money title for the European Tour, claiming trophies at the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond and the Telefonica Open de Madrid. Most recently, he partnered with fellow countryman Ernie Els to win the prestigious WGC-EMC World Cup at Japans Taiheiyo Club.
 
Prior to this season, Goosen was known simply as a good player with a pretty swing who had taken four titles on the European Tour in seven years. In 2001, however, he became a world class golfer, earning $1,126,985 in just 10 events on the PGA Tour.
 
Retief Goosen's bio
 
David Toms:
 
Like Goosen, David Toms will be making his first appearance at the PGA Grand Slam, and also like Goosen, Toms had a breakout year in 2001.
 
His dramatic victory at the PGA Championship in Atlanta was simply the catalyst of a gorgeous season, which saw him take two other trophies at the Compaq Classic and the Michelob Championship. He finished second on the official money list with $3.8 million.
 
Toms nearly won the season-ending Tour Championship as well, but lost out to Mike Weir in a playoff.
 
In nine full years on the PGA Tour, the 34-year-old Louisiana native has taken seven events, six of which have occurred in the last three seasons.
 
Toms ranks No. 7 in the world, and was a model of statistical consistency on the PGA Tour for 2001, finishing 10th in Putting Average (1.732), fourth in Greens in Regulation (72.6%) and 29th in Total Driving.
 
David Toms' bio

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