Buick Open 2009: World-Class Field Headed to Warwick Hills

2009 Buick OpenGRAND BLANC - Preparations have been set in place for the 2009 Buick Open to get underway as planned at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan, Monday-Sunday, July 27-August 2.  The tournament recently announced that it expects another world-class field that already includes solid pro commitments.

Defending champion Kenny Perry leads the field of early player commitments that includes the recently-crowned U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover, 2008 Ryder Cup team members and former Buick Open champions Justin Leonard (1996) and Jim Furyk (2003), and Brian Gay, who has recorded two wins on the PGA Tour this year.  

Three additional past Buick Open winners have also signed on – Scott Verplank (1988), Tom Pernice Jr. (1999) and Brad Faxon (1991) – along with PGA Tour winners JJ Henry and Corey Pavin. John Daly and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee have confirmed their participation thanks to sponsor’s exemptions. The 2009 Buick Open field will compete for a $5.1 million purse (ties record purse of 2008), including a $918,000 first prize.

“The Buick Open has been a stop on the PGA Tour schedule since 1958, and has been the site of premier golf in the state of Michigan,” said Larry Peck, national promotions manager for Buick-GMC.  “This year’s Buick Open promises to deliver another stellar year of golf at Warwick that you will not want to miss.”

The tournament, which is celebrating its 51st anniversary of the inaugural event in 1958 at Warwick Hills, will host two days of player practice rounds before hitting the tees in the Pro-Am on Wednesday, July 29. This year’s Pro-Am has ramped up the entertainment with the field including not only PGA Tour players, but also celebrities from the world of entertainment and sports, such as Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers, and Lions. Limited space is still available for sports fans to spend a day playing in the Pro-Am.

Kenny Perry

At noon on Tuesday, July 28, the tournament will open its gates and offer free admission to take part in the Buick Open Family Golf Clinic beginning at 1 p.m.  Held on the driving range, the clinic will feature an inspirational and entertaining performance by Dennis Walters and his sidekick Super Dog Bucky.

After a tragic accident, a paralyzed Walters has surpassed the odds to play golf, and will present an educational show filled with trick shots using only his upper body. The clinic also includes a visit by Ronald McDonald, the opportunity for kids to hit balls and receive instruction from PGA of America professionals, and a gift bag and refreshments for each child.

New to the tournament this year is the LaCrosse Landing area presented at hole 17 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, July 30-August 2. 

Fans are invited to become members of the LaCrosse Landing (admission to the club is free) to access a unique interactive zone where one can get their personal swing analyzed by the proven GolfTec system, experience the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse and other luxury and environmentally-friendly vehicles, and pick up a complimentary sleeve of golf balls and exclusive access to new bleacher seating and viewing areas on the popular 17th hole.

“We are excited to infuse some new entertainment and family fun at the tournament this year,” said Robb Grainger, Buick Open tournament director.  “The golf clinic, pro-am and 17th hole are sure to be some of the best ways to enjoy the Buick Open to its fullest.”

Fans can watch the action in person, or follow the Buick Open on Television. 

Tickets are on-sale now through Ticketmaster, with available options: any one-day ticket ($30; $35 after July 26), any one-day clubhouse ticket ($75), a book of any one-day tickets ($250), a grounds badge ($95) or a clubhouse badge ($185). Special ticket packages are also available through Ticketmaster and the Taubman Malls. Details on corporate hospitality options, and spaces to play in the pro-am (July 29) are available online at www.buickopen.com.

The 2009 Buick Open will air on Golf Channel from 3-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, July 30-31, and on CBS from 3-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, August 1-2. Golf Channel will also broadcast PGA Tour Primetime (8:30-11:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday) and conduct an Encore Presentation (2:30-5:30 a.m. Thursday; 2-5 a.m. Friday). All times are Eastern and subject to change.

Sirius-XM Radio will broadcast from the Buick Open on the PGA Tour Network stations: Sirius 209 and XM 146. Show times are slotted for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, July 30-31; Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 1 and Noon to midnight on Sunday, August 2.

Since 1982, various southeast Michigan charities have received more than $10 million dollars from funds raised by the Buick Open. Additionally, Grand Blanc and local communities will witness an influx of an estimated $20-50 million in economic impact with the tournament in town.

Buick has been the “Official Car” of the PGA Tour since 1984. The Buick Open is one of two title-sponsored PGA Tour events, with Nick Watney having captured the Buick Invitational title in February 2009.

For more Buick Open ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 878-OPEN (-6736). For general tournament information, and details about the golf clinic, corporate sponsorship or pro-am spots, please log onto www.buickopen.com.  


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