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Irish pair finish Bermuda short

IAN WOOSNAM is still the last European to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf after Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke filled the bottom two places in Bermuda last night.

The 36-hole event between this season's four Major champions was won by American Keegan Bradley. He beat South African Charl Schwartzel by a shot, with McIlroy four behind and Clarke a massive 13 strokes adrift.

The two Northern Irishmen still walked away with £158,000 and £125,000 respectively, though, and Open champion Clarke was so taken by the island that he decided to stay on for a holiday.

“I was scheduled to play at Valderrama next week, but because I've decided that Bermuda is such a beautiful place I'm going to stay on,” he said.

“My fiancee and my family are here, so I'm going to have a have a vacation instead of going back home.”

He had rounds of 77 and 74 to finish nine-over-par and added: “I've just been making a few changes and getting way too steep on my backswing.

“It’s a shame I played so poorly this week, but I'm here for a good reason and I'm looking forward to a very bad hangover in the morning.”

McIlroy led by three after six holes of the second round, but then bogeyed the next three and, without a single birdie all day, managed to add only a 75 to his opening 67.

"I didn't quite have control of the golf ball like I did yesterday,” said the US Open champion. “The wind was tough and I didn't do enough when I needed to.”

Bradley's victory, which earned him £380,000, came two months after he won the USPGA title in his first Major appearance.

Many will see it as further evidence that he and not Tiger Woods should have been given a wild-card into next month's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.