|Buick Open - July 31, 2006
Warwick Hills G&CC
Grand Blanc, MI
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,127
Purse: $4,800,000Winner: $864,000
2005 Champion: Vijay Singh (264, -24)
Buick Open Notes
In 2005, Vijay Singh became the first three-time winner of the Buick Open and only the second back-to-back winner, joining Tony Lema (1964-65). In his PGA TOUR career, Singh has three wins in three events, the Buick Open, the Shell Houston Open and the Barclays Classic.
Jim Furyk, winner of the 2003 Buick Open, will be looking for his sixth straight top-10 finish at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. Beginning in 2001, Furyk has tied for second, tied for 10th and won before tying for sixth the last two years.
Tiger Woods has never missed a cut in seven trips to Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club and has finished no worse than tied for 11th during that span. With his runner-up finish in 2005, he has won, tied for second, tied for third and again tied for second in his last four visits.
A year ago, Vijay Singh tied the 54-hole record for the Buick Open with his 22-under-par 194 total. The record was held by Kenny Perry, who had a five-stroke lead over Jim Furyk and Padraig Harrington after 54 holes en route to victory in 2001. Singh’s five-shot lead was the largest 54-hole lead of his career.
Vijay Singh tied the tournament third-round low total with his 9-under-par 63 in 2005. Three players had previously shot 63 in the third round—Denis Watson (1984), Trevor Dodds (1987) and Justin Leonard (2001).
The third-round 63 by Vijay Singh was his 10th round of 66 or better at the Buick Open, most in tournament history, topping the nine by Payne Stewart.
In 28 rounds at Warwick Hills, Tiger Woods has never posted a round above par. In his last 27 rounds, all Woods' scores have been below the par-72 total for the course.
Vijay Singh is the all-time leading money winner at the Buick Open with $2,152,949.
Fred Couples (1994), Hal Sutton (2000), Steve Flesch (2002), Carlos Franco (2003) and Tiger Woods (2005) are the only players in Buick Open history to record three eagles in a single tournament. Last year, Woods tied that mark with his three eagles, on his way to a tie-for-second finish. Two of Woods’ eagles came back to back, on Nos. 13 and 14 during the second round.
In 10 starts at the Buick Open, Vijay Singh has made nine cuts with three wins and five top-10 finishes.
Vijay Singh has led or shared the Buick Open lead after a round eight times, the most in tournament history, surpassing Tony Lema and Julius Boros.
Tiger Woods averages better than 2-under par for each round at the par-72 Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club. His best performance is a second-round average of 6-under 66. He averages 69.57 in the first round, 68.86 in the second round and 67.43 in the final round.
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
· The veteran set played well last week at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee with five players over age 40 finishing in the Top 10. In addition to winner Corey Pavin (age 46), Jeff Sluman (48), Joey Sindelar (48), Woody Austin (42) and Billy Andrade (42) all finished in the Top 10.
· Corey Pavin won last week’s U.S. Bank Championship while finishing dead last in Driving Distance for the week.
· Vijay Singh enters this week’s Buick Open looking for his third
consecutive win at the event. Singh also won the title at Warwick Hills in 1997 giving him three wins in the last nine years at the tournament.
· A Tiger Woods victory at the Buick Open would give him 50 career TOUR wins. He’d be just the seventh player in history to reach that figure. He’d also be the youngest. Jack Nicklaus was 33 years, 6 months and 21 days old when he claimed his 50th career title (1973 PGA Championship). Woods turned 30 last December 30.
· If the season were to end today, THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola would feature a field that included 14 Americans, five players from Australia, four from South Africa, two from Canada and one each from Fiji, Sweden, England, Spain and Colombia.
· Trevor Immelman and Nathan Green lead all rookies with five Top-10 finishes each. The two are among four rookies to already pass the $1-million mark in season earnings. The others are Camilo Villegas and J.B. Holmes.
· One more on rookies: The top three players in Driving Distance on
TOUR are rookies — Bubba Watson, J.B. Holmes and Robert Garrigus. In fact, seven players ranked among the Top 10 in Driving Distance are in their first year on TOUR.
· The Nationwide Tour Championship at the Houstonian announced a purse increase this week. The season-ending event will now offer a $750,000 purse with $135,000 going to the winner.
· Does anyone close like Brandt Snedeker? On his final hole in
regulation in his last five starts, Snedeker has recorded four eagles and one birdie.
· One more on Snedeker: Over his last five starts, the former U.S.
Public Links champ has jumped from 93rd on the money list to seventh.
· Tripp Isenhour enters this week’s Cox Classic presented by Chevrolet with two wins on the season. One more and he earns an automatic promotion to the PGA TOUR. Of the seven players to earn the automatic promotion in Tour history, three have done so in Omaha —Chris Smith, Heath Slocum and Jason Gore. Gore accomplished the feat last year.
· Following his victory last week at the Senior British Open, Loren
Roberts has won five of his 20 career starts on the Champions Tour. He has 18 Top 10 finishes in those 20 starts. He’s played in the final group on Sunday eight times already this year, winning four times. By the way, he didn’t earn his fifth PGA TOUR win until his 432nd career start.
· Roberts and Jay Haas are the only players to finish in the Top 10 in
each of four Champions Tour major championships held so far in 2006.
· One more on Roberts: His final-round score of 75 equals the
second-highest final round score by a winner in Tour history. Only the final-round 76 by Lee Elder at the 1985 Denver Post Champions was higher.
· 70-year old Gary Player posted a 1-under par 69 in the first round of
last week’s Senior British Open.