Major Winners Gather in Hawaii

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Major winners get plenty of perks when they win one of golfs four biggest events. They get immeasurable respect, increased worldwide recognition and countless endorsement offers.
 
They also get a trip to the 50th state for a relaxing few days in posh surroundings, and a guaranteed payday for a couple of rounds of golf.
 
Mike Weir, Jim Furyk, Ben Curtis and Shaun Micheel will compete in the 21st-annual PGA Grand Slam of Golf at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii.
 
Each year, the Masters champion (Weir), U.S. Open winner (Furyk), British Open winner (Curtis) and PGA champion (Micheel) get an invitation to compete in the now $1 million, 36-hole, stroke-play event.
 
If someone happens to win two majors in the same season ' such as Tiger Woods did in 2002 ' then the field of four is rounded out by a player or players at the top of a points list; players accrue points during the seasons major championship events.
 
That list was unnecessary this year, as there were four different major winners.
 
This is the first time since 1992 that there have been four first-timers in this event. Its also the first time in seven years that there is no Tiger Woods.
 
Woods has been a part of this exclusive tournament each year since he won his first major at the 1997 Masters. He didnt win a major in 1998, but took part in the event because Mark OMeara won the Masters and British Open that year, and Tiger was the top points-earner on the qualifying list.
 
Woods won in 98, when it was played as a match-play event. He won again under the same conditions in 1999.
 
The event moved back to medal play in 2000, when Woods again prevailed in a playoff over Vijay Singh. He made it four-in-a-row in 2001, and won by 14 strokes last year.
 
Woods shot 66-61 to finish at 17-under-par 127 in 2002, breaking his own 36-hole tournament record by five strokes.
 
This time, however, the first-place check of $400,000 will be written to a new name. The runner-up will receive $250,000; third place, $200,000; last place, $150,000.
 
They will play 18 holes Friday and 18 more Saturday.
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