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Tiger Woods To Play In 2006 Buick Open

GRAND BLANC, Mich. – British Open Champion Tiger Woods has officially committed to play in the 2006 Buick Open, scheduled for July 31- Aug. 6 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich.

“We are so lucky to have Tiger come off his emotional victory at the British Open to play in Grand Blanc,” said Larry Peck, Buick golf marketing manager. “Tiger generates so much excitement at Warwick Hills and he means so much to the success of the tournament.”

Woods, 30, recently won his 49 th career PGA Tour event when he captured the 2006 British Open. He is the all-time leader in PGA Tour earnings and is ranked number one on the Official World Golf Ranking. Woods will be playing in his fifth consecutive Buick Open and eighth overall. He won the 2002 Buick Open and has finished in the top-five the last three years (T-2 in 2003, T-3 in 2004 and T-2 in 2005).

Previous 2006 Buick Open commitments include Jim Furyk, John Daly, David Toms, Chris DiMarco, Woody Austin, Scott Verplank, Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Billy Mayfair, Jeff Sluman, Lee Janzen, Kenny Perry, J.B. Holmes, Paul Azinger, J.J. Henry and Carlos Franco.

Defending Champion Vijay Singh has verbally committed to going for a record third consecutive Buick Open title.

The 2006 Buick Open field will compete for a record $4.8 million purse, including the $864,000 first prize and the keys to a 2007 Buick Lucerne.

For Buick Open tickets and information, call 1 (800) 878-OPEN or go to

Buick is title-sponsor of three PGA Tour events in 2006: The Buick Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. ; the Buick Open; and the Buick Championship in Cromwell, Conn. (June 26-July 2).

Buick has been the official car of the PGA Tour since 1984. Through its title-sponsored PGA Tour events Buick has donated more than $33 million to local charities in its tournament cities since 1982. More than $7.9 million has been donated to the Buick Open charities, including a record $764,000 in 2005.

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