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PGA - Buick Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 30th through Sunday, August 2nd
SITE: Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, Michigan
COURSE ARCHITECT: James Gilmore Harrison (1957), Joe Lee (1969)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,127
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 567 Yds10 - Par 4 401 Yds
2 - Par 4 431 Yds11 - Par 3 190 Yds
3 - Par 3 187 Yds12 - Par 4 340 Yds
4 - Par 4 401 Yds13 - Par 5 544 Yds
5 - Par 4 437 Yds14 - Par 4 322 Yds
6 - Par 4 421 Yds15 - Par 4 457 Yds
7 - Par 5 584 Yds16 - Par 5 580 Yds
8 - Par 3 199 Yds17 - Par 3 197 Yds
9 - Par 4 434 Yds18 - Par 4 435 Yds
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36 3,661 Yds36 3,466 Yds
 
Annual:  50th (45th official)
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)
Defending Champion:  Kenny Perry (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Woody Austin, Bubba Watson
Tournament Record:  262 (Robert Wrenn, 1987)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Kenny Perry, 2001; Vijay Singh, 2005)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Robert Wrenn, 1987)
Course Record:  61 (Billy Mayfair, 2001; Tiger Woods, 2005)
9-Hole Record:  27 (Billy Mayfair, 2001)
Total Purse:  $5,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $918,000; 2nd Place - $550,800; 3rd Place - $346,800
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Kenny Perry269Matt Jones271
Woody Austin270Brian Gay272
Bubba Watson270Lucas Glover272
Ken Duke271Dudley Hart273
Bob Tway271Fredrik Jacobson273
John Rollins273
 
Past Buick Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Kenny Perry (269) -- Woody Austin, Bubba Watson
2007Brian Bateman (273) -- Jason Gore, Justin Leonard, Woody Austin
2006Tiger Woods (264) -- Jim Furyk
2005Vijay Singh (264) -- Tiger Woods
2004Vijay Singh (265) -- John Daly
2003Jim Furyk (267) -- Briny Baird, Chris DiMarco, Geoff Ogilvy, Tiger Woods
2002Tiger Woods (271) -- Fred Funk, Brian Gay, Mark O'Meara, Esteban Toledo
2001Kenny Perry (263) -- Chris DiMarco, Jim Furyk
2000Rocco Mediate (268) -- Chris Perry
1999Tom Pernice, Jr. (270) -- Tom Lehman, Ted Tryba, Bob Tway
1998Billy Mayfair (271) -- Scott Verplank
1997Vijay Singh (273) -- Tom Byrum, Russ Cochran, Ernie Els, Brad Fabel,
Joe Ozaki
1996Justin Leonard (266) -- Chip Beck
1995*Woody Austin (270) -- Mike Brisky
1994Fred Couples (270) -- Corey Pavin
1993Larry Mize (272) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1992*Dan Forsman (276) -- Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon
1991*Brad Faxon (271) -- Chip Beck
1990Chip Beck (272) -- Mike Donald, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller
1989Leonard Thompson (273) -- Billy Andrade, Payne Stewart, Doug Tewell
1988Scott Verplank (268) -- Doug Tewell
1987Robert Wrenn (262) -- Dan Pohl
1986Ben Crenshaw (270) -- J.C. Snead, Doug Tewell
1985Ken Green (268) -- Wayne Grady
1984Denis Watson (271) -- Payne Stewart
1983Wayne Levi (272) -- Isao Aoki, Calvin Peete
1982Lanny Wadkins (273) -- Tom Kite
1981*Hale Irwin (277) -- Bobby Clampett, Peter Jacobsen, Gil Morgan
1980Peter Jacobsen (276) -- Bill Kratzert, Mark Lye
1979*John Fought (280) -- Jim Simons
1978*Jack Newton (280) -- Mike Sullivan
1977Bobby Cole (271) -- Fred Marti
1976Ed Sabo (279) -- Randy Erskine
1975Spike Kelley (208) -- Randy Erskine, Jim Marshall, Mike McCullough
1974Bryan Abbott (135) -- Joe Porter
1973Wilf Homenuik (215) -- Jim Ferriell
1972Gary Groh (273) -- John Mahaffey
1971Not Held
1970Not Held
1969Dave Hill (267) -- Frank Beard
1968Tom Weiskopf (280) -- Mike Hill
1967Julius Boros (283) -- Bob Goalby, R.H. Sikes, Bert Yancey
1966Phil Rodgers (284) -- Johnny Pott, Kermit Zarley
1965Tony Lema (280) -- Johnny Pott
1964Tony Lema (277) -- Dow Finsterwald
1963Julius Boros (274) -- Dow Finsterwald
1962Bill Collins (284) -- Dave Ragan
1961*Jack Burke, Jr. (284) -- Billy Casper, Johnny Pott
1960Mike Souchak (282) -- Gay Brewer, Art Wall
1959*Art Wall (282) -- Dow Finsterwald
1958Billy Casper (285) -- Ted Kroll, Arnold Palmer

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Buick Open Invitational (1958-69), Vern Parsell Buick
Open (1972), Flint Lakes Open (1974-77), Buick Goodwrench Open (1978-80). From 1973 through 1976 Satellite tournaments were held and the events were unofficial.

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Woody AustinT-15T-4T-21wdT-19T-24mcT-7T-2T-2
Ken Duke---------------T-67------T-34T-4
Matt Jones---------------------------T-4
Brian GaymcT-47T-6T-2mcT-24mcT-15T-64T-7
John Rollins---mc------------T-58T-20T-5T-9
Fredrik Jacobson------------------------T-10T-9
Scott VerplankmcT-11T-14T-22T-24T-10T-39T-4T-5T-17
Daniel Chopra---------------T-8T-12mcT-49T-17
Rod Pampling---------T-39------T-66T-70mcT-17
Jason Gore------mc---wd---------T-2T-25
Rocco MediateT-9WonT-43mcT-45---T-22wdT-62T-28
Jim FurykT-9T-16T-2T-10WonT-6T-62ndT-5T-36
Nick Watney------------------T-39T-53---T-36
Billy MayfairmcT-47T-14T-53mcT-43T-45------T-45
Justin LeonardT-25mcT-10---------------T-2T-55
Jay WilliamsonmcT-21T-27T-53mcT-43---mcT-20T-66
Chris DiMarcomcmcT-2T-22T-2T-15T-12mcT-70T-70
Brian Bateman---------mcT-68mcwdT-60Wonmc
Brandt Snedeker------------------------T-10mc
John Daly------------T-382ndT-66T-50T-16mc
Tom Pernice, Jr.WonT-21T-4T-22T-24T-43mcT-7T-20mc
Jeff Quinney------------------------T-64mc
Nathan Green---------------------T-50---mc
Tiger Woods---T-11---WonT-2T-3T-2Won------
Rory Sabbatinimc---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - Jerry Kelly
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Mike Weir) - Finished tied for 24th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Bob Tway) - Withdrew
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour heads to Michigan this week for the Buick Open. Only two of the top-30 players in the world are in the field. However, those players are two- time champion and world No. 1 Tiger Woods and 2003 champion and world No. 9 Jim Furyk. Woods is playing for the first time since missing the cut at the British Open two weeks ago.

Last year, Kenny Perry closed with a six-under 66 in the final round to win the Buick Open, his second of three wins in 2008. He completed the event at 19-under-par 269 for his second title at this tournament, having previously won in 2001. Woody Austin traded the lead with Perry several times on the back nine on the final day, but a bogey at the last cost him a chance at a playoff. Austin was joined in second by Bubba Watson, who hit a great recovery shot from the trees at the 18th, but missed the 12-foot birdie putt that would have forced extra holes at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club. Perry will not be on hand this week to defend his title, as he is spending time with his cancer- stricken mother.

Perry became the oldest winner in Buick Open history last year at 47 years, 10 months and 19 days old. Julius Boros was the previous oldest winner when he won in 1967 at 47 years, three months and eight days.

In 2007, Brian Bateman poured in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to claim his first PGA Tour win at the Buick Open. Bateman, who fired an opening- round 65, closed with a three-under 69 to end at 15-under-par 273. Bateman became the first winner of the Buick Open not to play in the final group on Sunday since Tom Pernice, Jr. in 1999. He also was the first player to win this event with a birdie on the final hole since Rocco Mediate in 2000.

In 2006, Woods shot four rounds of 66 for a three-stroke victory over Furyk at the Buick Open. Woods' second title at this event also gave him 50 wins for his PGA Tour career. At the age of 30, he became the youngest to reach that plateau and seventh all-time to reach the mark. Woods also won this crown in 2002.

Furyk has had solid success at this event, making the cut in all 14 appearances and posting seven consecutive top-10s from 2001 to 2007, winning in 2003. Furyk has eight career top-10s in the Buick Open, which is the most in tournament history. Forty of his last 41 rounds at Warwick Hills have been under par and 30 rounds have been in the 60s.

In 2005, Vijay Singh made history as he won the Buick Open by four strokes. Singh, who also won this title in 1997 and 2004, became the first three-time champion of this tournament as he successfully defended his title. Singh opened with rounds of 65-66-63 to match Perry's 54-hole record from 2001 of 194. He closed with a two-under 70 to finish at 24-under-par 264. The Fijian joined Tony Lema (1964-65) as the only two players to repeat as champion here.

Despite tying for 14th in 2001, Billy Mayfair set a new course record with a final round of 61, which included a nine-hole mark of 27. Mayfair established a PGA Tour all-time record for best birdie-eagle streak at nine-under par (B- E-B-B-B-B-B-B) and low nine-hole score in relation to par (nine-under 27). Woods matched Mayfair's course-record 61 in 2005.

Trailing by eight shots heading into the final round in 1990, Chip Beck recorded the biggest final-round comeback in tournament history when he shot a Sunday round of 65 for a one-shot win.

This event has been held at Warwick Hills since 1978 and was held at Warwick Hills from 1958 through 1969. Buick became the first title sponsor of a PGA Tour event in 1958 with the first playing of the Buick Open at Warwick Hills. There have been eight playoffs in tournament history, the last coming in 1995 when Austin defeated Mike Brisky for the title.

This is the 45th official tournament in the event's history. From 1972 through 1976 the event left Warwick Hills and became an unofficial tour event. This year's purse was increased by $100,000 from last year. Not only does the champion receive the $918,000 first-place prize, but also a new Buick.

The PGA Tour travels to Akron, Ohio next week for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, where Vijay Singh will defend his title. The rest of the PGA Tour will be in Reno, Nevada for the Legends Reno- Tahoe Open, where Parker McLachlin captured the 2008 event.

07/28 17:17:24 ET

As of July 28, 2009, at 05:17 PM ET

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