This Week in Golf -- October 18th through October 23rd

PGA TOUR - PGA Grand Slam of Golf - Port The event with the most exclusive field in the world starts Tuesday in Bermuda.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is reserved for the four major champions from the year and all four 2011 winners will be on hand.

Masters winner Charl Schwartzel, U.S. Open victor Rory McIlroy, British Open Champion Darren Clarke and PGA Champion Keegan Bradley will tee it up in the two-day tournament. Since all four were first-time major winners, it's there first taste of this championship.

Last year, it was Ernie Els who walked off with the trophy. Despite not winning a major in 2010, Els defeated another non-major winner in 2010, David Toms, by a stroke. Masters winner Phil Mickelson and Open champion Louis Oosthuizen passed on the event, but Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer were on hand.

The tournament will be held at Port Royal Golf Course for the third straight year. The Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda hosted the event in 2007 and 2008. Poipu Bay Resort in Hawaii hosted the event the previous 13 years (1994-2006). This tournament has been held at Oak Hill Country Club, Hazeltine National, Breakers West Golf Club, PGA National, Kemper Lakes, Kauai Lagoons and PGA West.


CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS CLASSIC - Disney's Magnolia & Palm Courses, Lake Buena Vista, Florida - It all comes down to the money title at Disney World.

With Webb Simpson earning $432,000 for his playoff loss at the McGladrey Classic, he is the new money leader, but Luke Donald is chasing him down. Donald confirmed last week via twitter that he was headed to Disney World to try and win the money title.

Donald has a chance to become the first player to ever win the money title on both the PGA Tour and European Tour in the same season. The Englishman and world No. 1 is well aware of his potential place in history.

"@LukeDonald There was never really a decision to be made, I have a chance of making history. See you all at Disney next week," he tweeted.

Donald, who hasn't played Disney since 2003, trails Simpson by $363,029 so he'll need to step on the gas to get the Arnold Palmer Trophy. He leads by over a million euros in the Race to Dubai.

Last year, Robert Garrigus earned his first PGA Tour victory and it came at the perfect time. He made the trip to the Magic Kingdom at 122nd on the money list, but the win got him his card.

It was sweet redemption for Garrigus. Last year in Memphis, Garrigus triple- bogeyed the 72nd hole with a three-shot lead, then lost a playoff to Lee Westwood.

With Garrigus safe with his playing privileges, it's true, this is the last PGA Tour event of the year, so that bubble for the top 125 on the money list will burst for some.

That's the marker for keeping your tour card for next year and James Driscoll is the official bubble boy. He is 125th in earnings and in the field.

The final two rounds will be played on the Magnolia course after rotating the first two rounds on both the Magnolia and Palm layouts.

Golf Channel has all four rounds.

Next week is the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia. Ben Crane, who captured the McGladrey Classic in a playoff, won the title one year ago.


CASTELLO MASTERS - Club de Campo del Mediterraneo, Castellon, Valencia, Spain - The focus on the European Tour this week has to do with youth.

Tom Lewis, 20, won his third professional start on Sunday at the Portugal Masters. He is continuing his great run and entered the field this week in Spain.

Lewis didn't break any European Tour records with the win. Seven players won in their European Tour debuts and Lewis wasn't the youngest winner ever in tour history.

That honor belongs to this week's defending champion, Matteo Manassero.

At 17 years and 188 days last year, the Italian romped to a four-shot victory. Manassero won again this year, at the Malaysian Open, and did it before he turned 18.

The Spanish contingency will be large, headlined by Sergio Garcia, European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal and last year's runner-up Ignacio Garrido.

Golf Channel has the action all week.

The tour stays in Spain next week for the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama. Graeme McDowell continued his amazing form a year ago en route to the title.


SUNRISE LPGA TAIWAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 - Sunrise Golf & Country Club, Yang Mei, Taoyuan, Taiwan - The Asian swing continues for the LPGA Tour with the debut of a new event.

There is no question who will be the biggest star of this event, Taiwan's own and world No. 1 Yani Tseng.

She won two weeks ago at the LPGA Hana Bank Championship and finished second to Na Yeon Choi on Sunday at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. She has six victories this year alone and is clearly the best player in the sport.

Golf Channel will carry the telecast.

After a week off, the final event of the Asian swing is the Mizuno Classic, where Jiyai Shin won the title last year.


WINN-DIXIE JACKSONVILLE OPEN - TPC Sawgrass (Dye's Valley Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida - This is the final full-field event on the Nationwide Tour calendar.

It's the last chance to get into the top 60 on the money list and get a spot in next week's Nationwide Tour Championship. Andrew Buckle is in the tricky 60th spot and will be on hand this week.

Once you get into the Nationwide Tour Championship, the top 25 on the money list following that event will receive their 2012 PGA Tour cards.

Last year, David Mathis won the title and the cash was enough to get him his PGA Tour card for this year. He had a decent year, highlighted by a pair of joint 15ths the last two weeks.

Golf Channel will be on hand for the broadcast.

Next week is the Nationwide Tour Championship. Brendan Steele won last year, but he's a winner on the PGA Tour now and won't be there to defend his title.