PGA Tour
PGA - Buick Invitational Preview
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DATES: Thursday, February 5th through Sunday, February 8th
SITE: Torrey Pines Golf Course (North, South Courses), San Diego, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: William Bell (1957 - both courses),
         Rees Jones (2001 - South Course, redesign)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,915 (North Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 520 Yds10 - Par 4 416 Yds
2 - Par 4 326 Yds11 - Par 4 467 Yds
3 - Par 3 162 Yds12 - Par 3 190 Yds
4 - Par 4 429 Yds13 - Par 4 469 Yds
5 - Par 4 412 Yds14 - Par 5 507 Yds
6 - Par 3 206 Yds15 - Par 4 397 Yds
7 - Par 4 400 Yds16 - Par 4 338 Yds
8 - Par 4 436 Yds17 - Par 3 172 Yds
9 - Par 5 548 Yds18 - Par 5 520 Yds
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Par 36 3,439 YdsPar 36 3,476 Yds
 
YARDAGE: 7,628 (South Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 450 Yds10 - Par 4 416 Yds
2 - Par 4 389 Yds11 - Par 3 221 Yds
3 - Par 3 200 Yds12 - Par 4 504 Yds
4 - Par 4 488 Yds13 - Par 5 540 Yds
5 - Par 4 454 Yds14 - Par 4 437 Yds
6 - Par 5 560 Yds15 - Par 4 478 Yds
7 - Par 4 462 Yds16 - Par 3 227 Yds
8 - Par 3 176 Yds17 - Par 4 442 Yds
9 - Par 5 614 Yds18 - Par 5 570 Yds
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Par 36 3,793 YdsPar 36 3,835 Yds
 
Annual:  57th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Tiger Woods (Not Defending)
Runner-Up:  Ryuji Imada
Tournament Record:  266 (George Burns, 1987; Tiger Woods, 1999)
54-Hole Record:  198 (Woody Blackburn, 1985; Tiger Woods, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Lennie Clements, 1996; Tom Lehman, 2005)
Course Record:  61 (Mark Brooks, 1990; Brandt Snedeker, 2007 - North Course)
  62 (Tiger Woods, 1999 - South Course)
9-Hole Record:  27 (Brandt Snedeker, 2007 - North Course)
Total Purse:  $5,300,000
Shares:  1st Place - $954,000; 2nd Place - $572,400; 3rd Place - $360,400
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Tiger Woods269Joe Durant282
Ryuji Imada277Phil Mickelson282
Stewart Cink279Stuart Appleby283
Rory Sabbatini279Fred Couples283
Justin Leonard281John Senden283
 
Past Buick Invitational Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Tiger Woods (269) -- Ryuji Imada
2007Tiger Woods (273) -- Charles Howell III
2006*Tiger Woods (278) -- Nathan Green, Jose Maria Olazabal
2005Tiger Woods (272) -- Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Tom Lehman
2004*John Daly (278) -- Luke Donald, Chris Riley
2003Tiger Woods (272) -- Carl Pettersson
2002Jose Maria Olazabal (276) -- J.L. Lewis, Mark O'Meara
2001*Phil Mickelson (269) -- Frank Lickliter, Davis Love III
2000Phil Mickelson (270) -- Tiger Woods, Shigeki Maruyama
1999Tiger Woods (266) -- Billy Ray Brown
1998#*Scott Simpson (204) -- Skip Kendall
1997Mark O'Meara (275) -- Donnie Hammond, David Ogrin, Mike Hulbert,
Lee Janzen, Jesper Parnevik, Craig Stadler,
Duffy Waldorf
1996Davis Love III (269) -- Phil Mickelson
1995Peter Jacobsen (269) -- Mark Calcavecchia, Mike Hulbert, Hal Sutton,
Kirk Triplett
1994Craig Stadler (268) -- Steve Lowery
1993Phil Mickelson (278) -- Dave Rummells
1992#Steve Pate (200) -- Chip Beck
1991Jay Don Blake (268) -- Bill Sander
1990Dan Forsman (275) -- Tommy Armour III
1989Greg Twiggs (271) -- Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon, Mark O'Meara,
Mark Wiebe
1988Steve Pate (269) -- Jay Haas
1987George Burns (266) -- J.C. Snead, Bobby Wadkins
1986*#Bob Tway (204) -- Bernhard Langer
1985*Woody Blackburn (269) -- Ron Streck
1984*Gary Koch (272) -- Gary Hallberg
1983Gary Hallberg (271) -- Tom Kite
1982Johnny Miller (270) -- Jack Nicklaus
1981*Bruce Lietzke (278) -- Ray Floyd, Tom Jenkins
1980*Tom Watson (275) -- D.A. Weibring
1979Fuzzy Zoeller (282) -- Bill Kratzert, Wayne Levi, Artie McNickle,
Tom Watson
1978Jay Haas (278) -- Andy Bean, Gene Littler, John Schroeder
1977Tom Watson (269) -- Larry Nelson, John Schroeder
1976J.C. Snead (272) -- Don Bies
1975*J.C. Snead (279) -- Bobby Nichols, Ray Floyd
1974Bobby Nichols (275) -- Rod Curl, Gene Littler
1973Bob Dickson (278) -- Billy Casper, Bruce Crampton, Grier Jones,
Phil Rodgers
1972Paul Harney (275) -- Hale Irwin
1971George Archer (272) -- Dave Eichelberger
1970*Pete Brown (275) -- Tony Jacklin
1969Jack Nicklaus (284) -- Gene Littler
1968Tom Weiskopf (273) -- Al Geiberger
1967Bob Goalby (269) -- Gay Brewer
1966Billy Casper (268) -- Tommy Aaron, Tom Weiskopf
1965*Wes Ellis (267) -- Billy Casper
1964Art Wall (274) -- Tony Lema, Bob Rosburg
1963Gary Player (270) -- Tony Lema
1962*Tommy Jacobs (277) -- Johnny Pott
1961*Arnold Palmer (271) -- Al Balding
1960Mike Souchak (269) -- Johnny Pott
1959Marty Furgol (274) -- Joe Campbell, Billy Casper, Dave Ragan,
Mike Souchak, Bo Wininger
1958Not Held
1957Arnold Palmer (271) -- Al Balding
1956Bob Rosburg (270) -- Dick Mayer
1955Tommy Bolt (274) -- Johnny Palmer
1954@Gene Littler (274) -- E.J. Harrison
1953Tommy Bolt (274) -- Doug Ford
1952Ted Krol (276) -- Jimmy Demaret

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

@ - Amateur

Note:Formerly called Buick Invitational of California (1992-95), Shearson
Lehman Brothers Open (1991), Shearson Lehman Hutton Open (1989-90), Shearson Lehman Hutton Andy Williams Open (1988), Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open (1986-87), Isuzu/Andy Williams San Diego Open (1983-85), Wickes/Andy Williams San Diego Open (1981-82), Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational (1968-80), San Diego Open Invitational (1957-67), Convair-San Diego Open (1955-56) and San Diego Open (1952-54).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Ryuji Imada------------------T-76T-39T-162nd
Rory SabbatiniT-52mcmcT-5T-28T-21mcT-16mcT-3
Phil MickelsonmcWonWonmcT-4T-4T-56T-8T-51T-6
Stuart Appleby------mc---mcT-40---T-24---T-8
Fred Couples---T-5T-48---T-13---T-37T-63---T-8
Nathan Green---------------------T-2mcT-11
Charles Howell III------------T-7T-66T-2T-392ndT-13
Camilo Villegas---------------------mcmcT-13
Aaron Baddeley------------T-72T-40T-24T-79---T-13
Carl Pettersson------------2ndmcT-30T-43mcT-19
Hunter Mahan---------------mcmcmcT-56T-29
Rod Pampling---------T-22wdT-66---T-10T-51T-37
Bubba Watson---------------------T-56T-4T-47
John Rollins---mc---T-8wdmcT-30T-4mc65th
Charley Hoffman---mcmcmcwd---T-56T-16T-31T-67
Brandt Snedeker------------------------3rdmc
Jesper Parnevik---------T-70---T-4mcT-10mcmc
Tom Lehman------T-13mcT-21T-16T-2T-16mcmc
Ben Curtis------------mc---mcT-35---mc
Luke Donald---------T-18T-7T-2T-2T-24------
Retief Goosen------------------------------
Padraig Harrington------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Padraig Harrington
Darkhorse - Rory Sabbatini
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Phil Mickelson) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mike Weir) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
World No. 3 Padraig Harrington makes his season debut this week on the PGA Tour at the Buick Invitational. He headlines a good field at Torrey Pines, which includes 10 of the top-50 players in the world. Harrington is coming off a year which saw him win the last two majors of the season, the British Open and PGA Championship. He was also named PGA Tour Player of the Year. Harrington is joined in the field by world No. 4 Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut last week at the FBR Open in his season debut. The purse was increased $100,000 from last year to $5.3 million, with the winner receiving $954,000.

Last year, Tiger Woods fired rounds of 67-65-66-71 and cruised to an eight- shot victory over Ryuji Imada at the Buick Invitational. It was the fourth straight win for Woods at this event and sixth overall. It was the ninth time in his career that he won by at least eight shots. Woods tied Arnold Palmer for fourth place on the all-time PGA Tour victory list with 62. Woods finished the event at 19-under-par 269 and became the only player to win a tournament four straight years at two events, having also accomplished the feat at Bay Hill. Woods has captured at least one tournament win in each of his 13 seasons on the PGA Tour, the longest active streak. Vijay Singh is next with wins in seven straight seasons.

Woods went on to win three more times in 2008, pushing his victory total to 65, which is good for third place on the all-time list behind Sam Snead (82) and Jack Nicklaus (73). He also won at Torrey Pines again in June at the U.S. Open in a thrilling playoff over Rocco Mediate. Woods will not be on hand to go for his fifth straight victory at this event, as he still has not played since the U.S. Open while he recovers from knee surgery.

In 2007, Woods fired a six-under 66 in the final round to win the Buick Invitational. Woods finished the event at 15-under-par 273 for a two-shot win over Charles Howell III. The win in 2007 was his seventh straight on the PGA Tour, the second best streak in history. Byron Nelson won 11 consecutive events in 1945. Woods' streak would come to an end at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in his next tournament.

In 2005, Woods recorded his first win of that season and finally returned to the winner's circle in a stroke-play event, ending a 15-month drought dating back to the 2003 WGC-American Express Championship.

Woods has dominated this event since 1998, posting 11 consecutive top-10 finishes. In his 11 appearances, Woods has six wins, a second, third, fourth, fifth and 10th-place finish and ranks as the all-time money winner at this event ($5,729,000). Woods has posted 30 of his 43 rounds during the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in the 60s with a scoring average of 68.33. His Sunday scoring average for the South Course is 68.00.

Woods is the only six-time champion, while Mickelson is the only other three- time winner. Woods (2005-08) is the only player to win four consecutive years. Mickelson (2000-01) and J.C. Snead (1975-76) are the only other players to win the Buick Invitational in back-to-back years. Mickelson also has a fantastic record at this event, finishing first three times (1993, 2000-01), second in 1996, third in 1994, fourth (2003-04), sixth in 2008 and eighth in 2006.

In 2004, John Daly recorded his first win in almost nine years on the PGA Tour at this tournament when he defeated Luke Donald and Chris Riley in a playoff. Daly, who had failed to title since the 1995 British Open, hit a tremendous shot out of a greenside bunker on the 18th hole to within inches on the first playoff hole and tapped in for birdie and the win, his fifth on the PGA Tour. Daly went 189 starts and eight years, six months, and 22 days between PGA Tour wins.

Gene Littler is the only amateur to win this tournament (1954). Two-time winners of this event are: Tommy Bolt (1953, 55), Palmer (1957, 61), Snead (1975-76), Tom Watson (1977, 80) and Steve Pate (1988, 92).

The final two rounds will be played on the South Course, after alternating rounds on both courses Thursday and Friday. The South Course underwent a redesign by Rees Jones in 2001-02, adding over 500 yards to the course.

This is the 42nd year that Torrey Pines has hosted the Buick Invitational, dating back to 1968. The event began in 1952 as the San Diego Open and was held at San Diego Country Club. Prior to the development of the courses, the land was used as a WWII training center for the Army, called Camp Callen.

Dating back to 1954, 15 players with California connections have won 24 Buick Invitational titles, including 2008 winner Woods. Seventeen of the last 21 champions have been born, raised, or were living in California.

The PGA Tour continues its western swing next week, as Steve Lowery defends the title he won last year at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California.

02/03 14:05:57 ET

As of February 3, 2009, at 02:06 PM ET