Phil Mickelson with the Claret Jug after winning the British Open. *AFP photo
Phil Mickelson with the Claret Jug after winning the British Open. *AFP photo

Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, with defending champion Padraig Harrington taking his place.

Harrington will join Masters Champion Adam Scott, U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose and PGA Champion Jason Dufner at Port Royal Golf Course on October 14-16.

2013 Open champion and Hall of Famer Mickelson won his fifth major this season but is unable to travel to Bermuda because of an “end-of-season scheduling conflict”. 

Scott, Rose and Dufner will make their first appearance in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, while Harrington is making is fourth visit to the island. The Irishman won last year’s event and finished runner-up in 2007 and ’08.

The defending champion of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf receives the initial invitation if a current major champion is unable to compete, then the Major Champions Points list — which charts the performance throughout the year of active major champions – is used to complete the field.

Tickets for the 31st PGA Grand Slam of Golf may be purchased by dialing 1-800-PGA-GOLF (800-742-4653), or 561-624-7601, or by visiting www.pgagrandslamofgolf.com