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Greenbrier Classic to replace Buick Open in 2010

The Greenbrier Classic at The Greenbrier in West Virginia will replace the defunct Buick Open on next year’s PGA Tour, commissioner Tim Finchem said on Wednesday.

The new event will be staged from July 26-Aug. 1 on the Old White Course as the first edition in a six-year agreement between the Tour and The Greenbrier.

Its predecessor, held for the final time in Grand Blanc, Michigan on Sunday, was removed from the schedule when the troubled Detroit automaker Buick announced on Tuesday it had withdrawn its title sponsorships on the Tour.

“We are absolutely delighted The Greenbrier, recognised as one of the truly great resorts and golf destinations in the world, will become part of the PGA Tour in 2010 with The Greenbrier Classic,” Finchem said in a statement.

“From our ongoing discussions with Jim Justice, I can tell you how totally committed he is to creating an exceptional tournament that is befitting of such an historic resort.”

Resort owner Justice is a West Virginian who was born and raised near The Greenbrier.

One of the best known luxury resorts in the United States, The Greenbrier has established a high-profile involvement with professional golf.

Built in 1924 and renovated by Jack Nicklaus in 1977, the course hosted the 1979 Ryder Cup and the 1994 Solheim Cup.

It also staged a Champions Tour event from 1985 to 1987 while golfing great Sam Snead served as the club’s golf professional emeritus from 1994 until his death in 2002.


August 6, 2009

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