A scheduling conflict prevents Rory McIlroy from teeing it up at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Photo: Wikipedia)

Keegan Bradley failed to notch any major wins this season, but he’ll still get a chance to defend his PGA of America Grand Slam of Golf title in Bermuda. Seems that the reigning PGA champ, Rory McIlroy, had already committed to play in the BMW Masters in Shanghai on October 25 — a day after the two-day Slam event ends, according to Golfweek.

Bradley, who turned over the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker trophy, which he lifted in 2011, to McIlroy earlier this month. The New England native, who spent Monday hosting a charity golf outing in Vermont to benefit victims of last year’s Hurricane Irene, will fill in for McIlroy at the major winners’ $1.35 million competition at Port Royal Golf Course.

Joining the three-time PGA Tour winner and 2011 Rookie of the Year will be Masters winner Bubba Watson, U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, and British Open titleholder Ernie Els. Bradley won last year’s event over Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters victor, last year’s U.S. Open winner McIlroy, and Open champ Darren Clarke.


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