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 Dates: Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, June 24th
 Site: Westchester Country Club (West Course), Harrison, New York
 Course Architect: Walter J. Travis (1919); Redesign work done by: William
                   Flynn, Alfred Tull, Joe Finger and Rees Jones
 Par: 71
 Yardage: 6,722
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 3 190 yds         10 - Par 4 314 yds
               2 - Par 4 384 yds         11 - Par 4 442 yds
               3 - Par 4 408 yds         12 - Par 4 473 yds
               4 - Par 4 419 yds         13 - Par 4 379 yds
               5 - Par 5 565 yds         14 - Par 3 154 yds
               6 - Par 3 133 yds         15 - Par 4 462 yds
               7 - Par 4 326 yds         16 - Par 3 204 yds
               8 - Par 4 464 yds         17 - Par 4 374 yds
               9 - Par 5 505 yds         18 - Par 5 526 yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,394 yds               35 3,328 yds
 
 Annual: 35th
 Defending Champion: Dennis Paulson
 Runner-Up: David Duval
 Tournament Record (Par 70): 261 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
 Tournament Record (Par 71): 268 (David Frost, 1992; Lee Janzen, 1994;
                                  Ernie Els, 1997)
 Tournament Record (Par 72): 269 (Johnny Miller, 1974)
 54-Hole Record (Par 70): 192 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
 54-Hole Record (Par 71): 199 (Ernie Els, 1997)
 54-Hole Record (Par 72): 201 (Jack Nicklaus, 1967; Bob Murphy, 1968;
                               Tom Weiskopf, 1975)
 36-Hole Record (Par 70): 127 (Bob Gilder, 1982)
 36-Hole Record (Par 71): 131 (David Graham, 1976; Ernie Els, 1996)
 36-Hole Record (Par 72): 129 (Tom Weiskopf, 1975)
 Course Record: 62 (Dan Sikes, 1967; Jimmy Wright, 1976; Peter Jacobsen, 1982)
 9-hole Record: 29 (Willie Wood, 1986; Kirk Triplett, 1990)
 Total Purse: $3,500,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $630,000; 2nd Place - 378,000; 3rd Place - 238,000
 
                             2000 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Dennis Paulson *       276               Joey Sindelar           279
 David Duval            276               John Cook               279
 Sergio Garcia          277               Ernie Els               279
 Greg Norman            278               Chris Perry             279
 Jesper Parnevik        279               Steve Lowery            280
 
 * - Won in playoff
 
                Past Buick Classic Winners and Runners-up
                -----------------------------------------
 
 2000 -- *Dennis Paulson (276) -- David Duval
 1999 -- *Duffy Waldorf (276) -- Dennis Paulson
 1998 -- *#J.P. Hayes (201) -- Jim Furyk
 1997 -- Ernie Els (268) -- Jeff Maggert
 1996 -- Ernie Els (271) -- S.Elkington, T.Lehman, J.Maggert, C.Parry
 1995 -- *Vijay Singh (278) -- Doug Martin
 1994 -- Lee Janzen (268) -- Ernie Els
 1993 -- *Vijay Singh (280) -- Mark Wiebe
 1992 -- David Frost (268) -- Duffy Waldorf
 1991 -- Billy Andrade (273) -- Brad Bryant
 1990 -- Hale Irwin (269) -- Paul Azinger
 1989 -- *Wayne Grady (277) -- Ronnie Black
 1988 -- *Seve Ballesteros (276) -- David Frost, Greg Norman, Ken Green
 1987 -- *J.C. Snead (276) -- Seve Ballesteros
 1986 -- Bob Tway (272) -- Willie Wood
 1985 -- *Roger Maltbie (275) -- George Burns, Ray Floyd
 1984 -- Scott Simpson (269) -- David Graham, Jay Haas, Mark O'Meara
 1983 -- Seve Ballesteros (276) -- Andy Bean, Craig Stadler
 1982 -- Bob Gilder (261) -- Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite
 1981 -- Ray Floyd (275) -- Bobby Clampett, Gibby Gilbert, Craig Stadler
 1980 -- Curtis Strange (273) -- Gibby Gilbert
 1979 -- Jack Renner (277) -- David Graham, Howard Twitty
 1978 -- Lee Elder (274) -- Mark Hayes
 1977 -- Andy North (272) -- George Archer
 1976 -- David Graham (272) -- Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller
 1975 -- *Gene Littler (271) -- Julius Boros
 1974 -- Johnny Miller (269) -- Don Bies
 1973 -- *Bobby Nichols (272) -- Bob Murphy
 1972 -- Jack Nicklaus (270) -- Jim Colbert
 1971 -- Arnold Palmer (273) -- Gibby Gilbert, Hale Irwin
 1970 -- Bruce Crampton (273) -- Larry Hinson, Jack Nicklaus
 1969 -- Frank Beard (275) -- Bert Greene
 1968 -- Julius Boros (272) -- Bob Murphy, Jack Nicklaus, Dan Sikes
 1967 -- Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Dan Sikes
 
 * - Won in Playoff
 # - Rain shortened
 
 Note: Formerly called Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic (1979-89),
       American Express Westchester Classic (1976-78), Westchester Classic
       (1967-75).
 
                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------
 
 Dennis Paulson   - Defending champ, has missed 8 cuts this year, 3 top-10's
 Robert Allenby   - Has only a pair of top-10 finishes, but one was a win
 Mark Brooks      - Lost in a playoff last week at U.S. Open Championship
 Michael Campbell - 3rd on Order of Merit, 1 win and 5 top-10's in Europe
 Jose Coceres     - Won tournament in Hilton Head, 5 cuts made in 9 events
 Fred Couples     - Missed the cut at US Open with rounds of 76-74
 David Duval      - 25th on money list with 3 top-10s, shot Sunday 74 at Open
 Ernie Els        - Two-time winner of this event, finished 67th last week
 Jim Furyk        - Finished 2nd at this event in 1998, 16th on money list
 Sergio Garcia    - Contended last year at this event until late double-bogey
 Scott Hoch       - Tied for 16th at U.S. Open, moved up to 10th on money list
 Tom Lehman       - 18th on money list with four top-10 finishes
 Justin Leonard   - Missed the cut last week for the sixth time in 2001
 Vijay Singh      - Tied for 7th last week with Sunday round of 64
 Tiger Woods      - 8 top-10's in 11 starts but finished tied for 12th at Open
 
 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Sergio Garcia
 Darkhorse   - Duffy Waldorf
 
 Last week's Pick to Win (T.Woods, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh) - T-12, T-67, T-7
 Last week's Darkhorse (L.Roberts, Paul Azinger, Scott Hoch) - T-52, T-5, T-16
 
 NOTES:
      Dennis Paulson earned his first PGA Tour victory last year, parring
 the fourth playoff hole to defeat David Duval for the title. Paulson rolled
 in a three-footer for par that secured the victory after Duval missed his par
 putt from four feet away. Paulson, who fell to Duffy Waldorf in a playoff here
 in 1999, collected a check for $540,000 -- the largest of his career. The
 playoff began on the par-five 18th with both  players recording pars. They
 matched  pars again on the par-four 17th after they each found the same
 greenside bunker and scrambled to save par. Back to 18, where Duval had
 problems off the tee. He hit his second shot from the right rough back into
 the fairway and knocked his third onto the green 35 feet from the hole.
 Paulson made it to the front edge of the green in two and rolled his 75-foot
 eagle attempt five feet to the side of the cup. Just when it looked like the
 playoff would come to an end, Duval stepped up and sank his long putt for
 birdie. Paulson was able to keep the playoff alive by making his tricky
 downhill birdie putt, and the pair shifted back to 17. After driving into the
 left rough, Paulson hit the green with his approach but his ball rolled off
 the back into the second cut of rough. Meanwhile, Duval left his second shot
 40 feet short of the pin then came up four feet short on his birdie attempt.
 Paulson's third shot was a chip that stopped three feet from the cup. Duval
 had a chance to win on the final hole of regulation, but missed a left-to-
 right breaking putt from 20 feet for birdie. Sergio Garcia birdied six of the
 first 10 holes to vault into the lead at 10-under par, but a double-bogey on
 the 11th and bogeys on the 14th and 17th finished his attempt at victory, as
 he finished one shot back in third. Sunday's fourth round scoring average of
 72.958 was the highest final day mark in this event since 1993. For the week,
 the course played to a scoring average of 72.607. 1999 winner, Waldorf led
 after the third round, but struggled to a final round of 76 and tied for 13th.
 Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els are the only two-
 time winners of this event, with Els the only player to post back-to-back
 wins. In seven years at this event, Els has dominated with two wins, a second,
 a fourth, a fifth and a tie for 22nd. Els is the all-time money winner at this
 event with $787,758 in earnings. There have been nine playoffs in the last 16
 years of the tournament, including the last three years. This tournament has
 always been held at Westchester Country Club. Last year's cut was made at
 three-over-par. The purse was increased by $500,000 from last year. Five of
 the top-10 money winners are scheduled to compete this week. The Buick Classic
 is the only event on the PGA Tour that begins with a par-three, however this
 year's British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes also starts with a three par.
 The PGA Tour moves to Connecticut for the Canon Greater Hartford Open where
 Notah Begay III will defend his title.
 
 

 

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