Tiger and Vijay Scheduled to Play in 2005 Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich.- Buick announced today that Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh are scheduled to play in the 2005 Buick Open, July 25-31 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich.
"We are very excited that the top two players in the world are scheduled to return to Grand Blanc to play in the 2005 Buick Open," said Larry Peck, Buick's golf marketing manager. "They are both outstanding competitors and their appearance will add a tremendous amount of excitement to the tournament."
Woods, the 2002 Buick Open Champion who has an endorsement agreement with Buick, will be making his seventh appearance at the Buick Open. He finished in the top-10 in five of his previous six starts at Warwick Hills. Woods, 29, is the PGA Tour's all-time leader in prize money and is eighth on the PGA Tour's all-time victory list with 43.
Singh, the Buick Open defending champion who also won the tournament in 1997, will be making his 10th appearance at Warwick Hills. With a victory this year he would become the first player to win the Buick Open three times.
Singh, 42, won nine PGA Tour events in 2004 and a record 10.9 million dollars in official prize money.
Other early commitments include John Daly, K.J.Choi, Chris DiMarco, Fred Funk, Paul Azinger and Former Buick Open Champions Kenny Perry, Billy Mayfair, Scott Verplank and Woody Austin.
Woods, Singh and the rest of the 2005 Buick Open field will compete for a record $4.6 million purse, including a $828,000 first prize.
For Buick Open tickets and information, call 1 (800) 878-OPEN or go to www.buickopen.pgatour.com.
Buick is title-sponsor of three PGA Tour events in 2005: The Buick Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., (January 17-23); the Buick Open; and the Buick Championship in Cromwell, Conn. (August 22-28).
Buick has been the official car of the PGA Tour since 1984. Through its title-sponsored PGA Tour events Buick has donated more than $30 million to local charities in its tournament cities since 1982. More than $7.2 million has been donated to the Buick Open charities, including a record $740,000 in 2004.
Buick is now in its fourth year as the title-sponsor of the Buick Scramble, the world's largest amateur golf tournament with more than 75,000 participants annually.
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