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Buick To Offer Free Tickets To The Public For The 2005 FBR Open - Phoenix Area Dealers To Give Away A Pair Of Tickets With Each Buick Test Drive January 17-30

PHOENIX - When was the last time you actually received a pair of free tickets to a major sporting event? Well, when the gates open for the 2005 FBR Open featuring defending champ Jonathan Kaye, Vijay Singh, Chris DiMarco, Phil Mickelson, Mark Calcavecchia, Tom Lehman and more, Buick hopes to bring a host of fans to "The Greatest Show On Grass" for free thanks to an upcoming "test drive for tickets" program.

Buick, the official car of the PGA TOUR and "Official Vehicle" of the FBR Open, invites fans to stop by any of its nine Phoenix area dealerships from January 17-30, take a test drive of any Buick vehicle, and walk away with a pair of tickets to the 2005 FBR Open. Each ticket is good for any one day of tournament week January 31-February 6.

"Buick is pleased to return for the fourth straight year as the automotive sponsor of the FBR Open, and hopes to celebrate with the fans by sharing more than a thousand free tickets," said Wally Burchfield, regional divisional marketing manager for Buick in GM's Western Region. "With a host of great products to explore at Buick dealerships and the opportunity to pick up a pair of free tickets, it's definitely a winning combination."

Tickets are available while supplies last at any of the nine Phoenix area dealerships, including: Liberty Buick (Peoria), Pitre Buick (Scottsdale), Henry Brown Buick (Mesa), Coury Buick (Mesa), Tempe Buick (Tempe), Childress Buick (Phoenix), Midway Buick (Phoenix), Yates Buick (Goodyear) and Martin Buick (Scottsdale). Test drive participants must be 21 years of age and hold a valid driver's license.

The Buick product portfolio available for test drives includes: the all-new LaCrosse premium sedan, all-new Terraza crossover sport van, Rainier sport utility vehicle, versatile Rendezvous crossover vehicle, and the best-selling full-size sedan - the LeSabre.

The 2005 FBR Open (formerly the Phoenix Open) will take place at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale. The 72-hole PGA TOUR event raises money for charities, most of which provide programs that benefit youth. Daily general admission tickets are $25 (ages 17 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). For more ticket and tournament information, please call (602) 870-4431 or visit

Fans attending the FBR Open are also invited to visit one of the interactive Buick vehicle displays on-site where one can take a swing analysis golf lesson, play a short vehicle game to earn a free golf towel, and even enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a golf bag. A variety of Buick vehicles will be displayed around the course in unique locations, including floating vehicles in the lake behind the 15th green.

Hole 15 will also be hosted by Buick for the "Closest-to-the-Hole Challenge" where the PGA golfer who hits his second shot closest to the pin on the par-5 hole wins $10,000. Buick will also implement the "Buick Hole-In-One" contest on the par-3 16th hole. The first player to score an ace on the 16th hole during the third or fourth round will be awarded a new Buick.

About Buick Buick is a division of General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer that employs 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in more than 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. More information on GM and its products can be found on or .

Now in its fifth decade as the PGA Tour's original corporate sponsor, Buick is title-sponsor of four PGA TOUR events. Buick has been the official car of the PGA TOUR since 1984. Through its title-sponsored PGA TOUR events Buick has donated more than $28.3 million to local charities in its tournament cities since 1982. Buick is now in its third year as the title-sponsor of the Buick Scramble, the world's largest amateur golf tournament.

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