Buick Open History
Established in 1958, the Buick Open is a PGA Tour golf tournament held at the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan. The Buick Open was the PGA Tours first corporate-sponsored event. It has evolved into one of the Tours most prestigious events, attracting extensive coverage from local, regional and national media.
The Buick Open has been played at the Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc for 48 years of its 49-year history. The key to the tradition of the Buick Open is its top-notch field.
The 17th hole at Warwick, a par 3, has a special place in Buick Open history. This hole is notorious for having one of the liveliest galleries in professional golf. It is a great place to watch the tournament fans often create chants directed at their favourite golfers. This hole is also a favourite of the players because fans give a lot of support. “I love a rowdy crowd,” says golfer John Daly.
Buick Open Winnings
Throughout Buick Open history, the tournament has been known for its generous purse. Starting with a then unrivaled $52,000 in 1958, the prize at Warwick Hills has soared, reaching $500,000 in 1986, $1,000,000 in 1989 and a record $4.9 million in 2007. Of the total purse for the 2007 Buick Open, the winner, Brian Bateman, took home an $882,000 share, as well as a new Buick.
All tournament proceeds, after expenses are paid, go to charity. Over Buick Open history, nearly $8 million has been raised for worthy causes in Southeastern Michigan.
Buick Open 2007
The Buick Open 2007 was a close finish, with the first 15 players all within three shots of each other. Bateman took the cup with his first PGA Tour victory ending with a birdie on the last hole at the Buick Open, breaking a four-way tie.
Bateman’s winning score was the highest since Singh (15 under) won his first of three Buick Opens in 1997. Brian Bateman will be defending his title in the 2008 game.
Previous Buick Open winners include the likes of Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh.