American Keegan Bradley has been confirmed as Rory McIlroy’s replacement at the season ending PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.
US PGA champion McIlroy cannot make the tournament as he has prior commitments in Asia to attend to, but in Bradley the USPGA have found an adequate replacement.
Graeme McDowell had been lined up for the tournament in McIlroy’s absence but Bradley was first in line to receive the offer and he accepted the invitation to defend his crown.
The Grand Slam of Golf involves the four major winners of the year where possible, but unfortunately McIlroy had signed up to play in Asia previously.
Bradley joins fellow Americans Bubba Watson (Masters) and Nick Campbell (US Open), with South African Ernie Els (Open) completing the field.
The winner at Bermuda’s Port Royal Golf Course will net a handy $600,000 with $200,000 on offer just for competing during the October 23-24 tournament.
However McIlroy is playing at the re-launched BMW Masters from October 25-28, defending his Lake Malaren title from last season where the joint biggest purse of the European Tour is on offer at $7m.
The field at Lake Malaren consists of the top 60 available players from the top 100 in the world rankings, four wild cards and 14 players from the Chinese Golf Association.
McIlroy has his eye on becoming the youngest winner of the European Tour’s Order of Merit; the 22-year old currently leads Justin Rose by €437,000 on the Race to Dubai.
The Holywood golfer faces a hectic end to his season, with first the Fed-Ex Cup play-offs followed by a Ryder Cup appearance before his demanding schedule of Asia.