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Preivew of this years tournament
News and report from the 1st round
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News and report from the 2nd round
Scores from the 2nd round
News and report from the 3rd round
Scores from the 3rd round
News and report from the 4th round
Scores from the 4th round
Golf Today report of last years event
 
 
 

 Dates: Thursday, August 9th through Sunday, August 12th
 Site: Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, Grand Blanc, Michigan
 Course Architect: James Gilmore Harrison (1956),
                   Joe Lee - redesigned (1967 and 1990)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,105
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 567 Yds         10 - Par 4 401 Yds
               2 - Par 4 431 Yds         11 - Par 3 190 Yds
               3 - Par 3 187 Yds         12 - Par 4 335 Yds
               4 - Par 4 401 Yds         13 - Par 5 548 Yds
               5 - Par 4 437 Yds         14 - Par 4 322 Yds
               6 - Par 4 421 Yds         15 - Par 4 457 Yds
               7 - Par 5 584 Yds         16 - Par 5 580 Yds
               8 - Par 3 199 Yds         17 - Par 3 197 Yds
               9 - Par 4 413 Yds         18 - Par 4 435 Yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,640 Yds               36 3,465 Yds

 Annual: 42nd
 Defending Champion: Rocco Mediate
 Runner-Up: Chris Perry
 Tournament Record: 262 (Robert Wrenn, 1987)
 54-Hole Record: 195 (Robert Wrenn, 1987)
 36-Hole Record: 128 (Robert Wrenn, 1987)
 Course Record: 62 (Jim Furyk, 1995; Sonny Skinner, 1997)
 9-Hole Record: 29 (Held by 6 players, last done in 1993 by Greg Norman)
 Total Purse: $3,100,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $558,000; 2nd Place - 334,800; 3rd Place - 210,800

                             2000 Finish
                             -----------

 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Rocco Mediate          268               Carl Paulson            274
 Chris Perry            269               Dudley Hart             274
 Hal Sutton             271               Jeff Maggert            274
 Phil Mickelson         273               Brad Faxon              274
 Woody Austin           273               Joe Ozaki               274

                Past Buick Open Winners and Runners-up
                --------------------------------------

 2000 -- Rocco Mediate (268) -- Chris Perry
 1999 -- Tom Pernice, Jr. (270) -- Tom Lehman, Ted Tryba, Bob Tway
 1998 -- Billy Mayfair (271) -- Scott Verplank
 1997 -- Vijay Singh (273) -- Tom Byrum, Russ Cochran, Ernie Els, Brad Fabel,
                              Joe Ozaki
 1996 -- Justin Leonard (266) -- Chip Beck
 1995 -- *Woody Austin (270) -- Mike Brisky
 1994 -- Fred Couples (270) -- Corey Pavin
 1993 -- Larry Mize (272) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
 1992 -- *Dan Forsman (276) -- Steve Elkington, Brad Faxon
 1991 -- *Brad Faxon (271) -- Chip Beck
 1990 -- Chip Beck (272) -- Mike Donald, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller
 1989 -- Leonard Thompson (273) -- Billy Andrade, Payne Stewart, Doug Tewell
 1988 -- Scott Verplank (268) -- Doug Tewell
 1987 -- Robert Wrenn (262) -- Dan Pohl
 1986 -- Ben Crenshaw (270) -- J.C. Snead, Doug Tewell
 1985 -- Ken Green (268) -- Wayne Grady
 1984 -- Denis Watson (271) -- Payne Stewart
 1983 -- Wayne Levi (272) -- Isao Aoki, Calvin Peete
 1982 -- Lanny Wadkins (273) -- Tom Kite
 1981 -- *Hale Irwin (277) -- Bobby Clampett, Peter Jacobsen, Gil Morgan
 1980 -- Peter Jacobsen (276) -- Bill Kratzert, Mark Lye
 1979 -- *John Fought (280) -- Jim Simons
 1978 -- *Jack Newton (280) -- Mike Sullivan
 1977 -- Bobby Cole (271) -- Fred Marti
 1976 -- Ed Sabo (279) -- Randy Erskine
 1975 -- Spike Kelley (208) -- Randy Erskine, Jim Marshall, Mike McCullough
 1974 -- Bryan Abbott (135) -- Joe Porter
 1973 -- Wilf Homenuik (215) -- Jim Ferriell
 1972 -- Gary Groh (273) -- John Mahaffey
 1971 -- Not Held
 1970 -- Not Held
 1969 -- Dave Hill (267) -- Frank Beard
 1968 -- Tom Weiskopf (280) -- Mike Hill
 1967 -- Julius Boros (283) -- Bob Goalby, R.H. Sikes, Bert Yancey
 1966 -- Phil Rodgers (284) -- Johnny Pott, Kermit Zarley
 1965 -- Tony Lema (280) -- Johnny Pott
 1964 -- Tony Lema (277) -- Dow Finsterwald
 1963 -- Julius Boros (274) -- Dow Finsterwald
 1962 -- Bill Collins (284) -- Dave Ragan
 1961 -- *Jack Burke, Jr. (284) -- Billy Casper, Johnny Pott
 1960 -- Mike Souchak (282) -- Gay Brewer, Art Wall
 1959 -- *Art Wall (282) -- Dow Finsterwald
 1958 -- Billy 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 1972 through 1976 Satellite tournaments were held and
       the events were unofficial.

                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------

 Rocco Mediate     - Defending champion, withdrew from last week's event
 Mark Calcavecchia - 3rd in birdies, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish in 2001
 Chris DiMarco     - 19-of-22 cuts made with 7 top-10's but no wins
 Joe Durant        - 2nd in driving accuracy, 6th in money with two wins
 Brad Faxon        - Won Sony Open, 6 top-10's, 8th in putting, 6th last wk
 Retief Goosen     - Won U.S. Open, 37th on money list in only 7 events
 Tom Lehman        - 1st in greens in reg, runner-up here in 1999
 Frank Lickliter   - Won Kemper Open for first PGA Tour win, 10th in money
 Phil Mickelson    - Two wins, 9 top-5's, 1st in birdies, 2nd in eagles
 Tom Pernice, Jr   - Won last week in Colorado to climb to 34th on money list
 Jeff Sluman       - 15th on money list with one win and 7 top-10's

 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Tom Lehman
 Darkhorse   - Hal Sutton

 Last week's Pick to Win (Phil Mickelson) - Finished 71st
 Last week's Darkhorse (Steve Lowery) - Missed the cut

 NOTES:
      One shot off the pace when Sunday's final round began, Rocco Mediate
 carded a six-under 66 to edge third-round leader Chris Perry by one shot and
 captured last year's event. Mediate, who never led the event until it was
 over, trailed by one shot with one hole remaining, but made a 12-foot birdie
 putt to tie Perry. Perry, who had not made a bogey in his last 28 holes, had a
 chance to force a playoff, but his par putt from 10-feet missed its mark, as
 he finished second for the seventh time in his career. Perry, who owns one
 career PGA Tour win, was one of two players to post all four rounds in the
 60's. Third-place finisher Hal Sutton, who finished three strokes back was the
 other. Masters champion Tiger Woods has decided to skip this week's event to
 tune-up for next week's PGA Championship. Woods shot rounds of 67-68 over the
 weekend to tie for 11th last year. Mediate is attempting to join Tony Lema as
 the only players in the history of the event to successfully defend his title.
 Lema accomplished the feat in 1964-65. Julius Boros is the only other two-time
 winner of this event, winning in 1963 and 1967, and is the only wire-to-wire
 winner in Buick Open history (1963). Jim Furyk finished the tournament with
 the fewest bogeys (1). Furyk had one eagle, 11 birdies and 59 pars to go along
 with his one bogey. Despite his solid play, Furyk only tied for 16th. Brett
 Quigley tied the tournament record for the best final round when he
 shot a Sunday 64 to move from a tie for 62nd to a tie for 28th. 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. The course was originally designed by Ferdinand
 Garbin in 1957, but was considered to severe, so in 1967 Joe Lee shortened the
 course by nearly 300 yards. However, since then, Lee has come back to lengthen
 the course to its present length of 7,105 yards. This event has been held at
 Warwick Hills since 1978 and was held at Warwick Hills from 1958 through 1969.
 Back in 1987, Dewey Arnette tied the PGA Tour record of eight consecutive
 birdies at the Buick Open. Bob Goalby, Fuzzy Zoeller and Edward Fryatt
 have also recorded eight straight birdies. Buick became the first title
 sponsor of a PGA TOUR event in 1958 with the first playing of the Buick
 Open at Warwick Hills. This year's purse was increased by $400,000 from
 last year. 1997 champion Vijay Singh withdrew from the event due to a
 scheduling conflict. This is the final tune-up for next week's last major of
 the PGA season, The PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth,
 Georgia where Woods will defend his title.

 

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