PGA Tour Buick Open: History, Winners of the Former Tournament

Vijay Singh at the Buick Open
Vijay Singh was the only 3-time winner of the Buick Open. Michael Cohen/Getty Images

The Buick Open was a tournament played on the PGA Tour. The event debuted in 1958, and was played for the final time in 2009. The event dropped off the PGA Tour for a few years in the early to mid-1970s, then regained its official PGA Tour status in 1977 before coming to an end when General Motors ended Buick's sponsorship.

PGA Tour Buick Open Records:

  • 72-hole record: 262 - Robert Wrenn, 1987
  • Course record: 61 at Warwick Hills - Billy Mayfair, 2001; Tiger Woods, 2005

    PGA Tour Buick Open Golf Courses:

    Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., was the location when the Buick Open debuted in 1958, and hosted all but one of the official PGA Tour iterations of this event.

    For several years the Buick Open was not an official tournament (more below), and two courses were the sites in those years: Flint Elks Country Club in Flint, Mich., and Benton Harbor Elks Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.

    PGA Tour Buick Open Trivia and Notes:

    • As noted above, the Buick Open was played from 1958 through 2009, but in a few of those years was not an official PGA Tour tournament. In 1970-71, no tournament was played. The Buick Open returned in 1972, but was not part of the PGA Tour from 1972-76. In 1977, it returned to the PGA Tour schedule and remained through 2009.
    • In the first round of the 1987 tournament, Dewey Arnette tied the PGA Tour record for most consecutive birdies with eight in a row. Too bad for Arnette that Robert Wrenn was busy setting the 72-hole tournament scoring record en route to victory that year.
    • When Chip Beck won in 1990, he started the fourth round eight strokes off the lead. That makes it one of the biggest final-round comebacks in Tour history.
    • And another great scoring performance: Billy Mayfair shot 27 on the back nine in his final round at the 2001 Buick Open. That ties for second-best on the PGA Tour's list of lowest 9-hole scores.
    • Tiger Woods holds the PGA Tour record for most consecutive cuts made, and his streak of 142 straight began at the 1998 Buick Open.
    • Billy Casper won the first Buick Open in 1958.
    • Tony Lema was the first two-time winner and first back-to-back winner with victories in 1964-65.
    • Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods share the tournament record with three wins each. Singh is also the only golfer other than Lema to win this event in consecutive years.
    • Julius Boros and Kenny Perry are the only other multiple winners of the Buick Open.

    PGA Tour Buick Open Winners:

    (p-playoff)

    Buick Open
    2009 - Tiger Woods, 268
    2008 - Kenny Perry, 269
    2007 - Brian Bateman, 273
    2006 - Tiger Woods, 264
    2005 - Vijay Singh, 264
    2004 - Vijay Singh, 265
    2003 - Jim Furyk, 267
    2002 - Tiger Woods, 271
    2001 - Kenny Perry, 263
    2000 - Rocco Mediate, 268
    1999 - Tom Pernice Jr., 270
    1998 - Billy Mayfair, 271
    1997 - Vijay Singh, 273
    1996 - Justin Leonard, 266
    1995 - Woody Austin-p, 270
    1994 - Fred Couples, 270
    1993 - Larry Mize, 272
    1992 - Dan Forsman-p, 276
    1991 - Brad Faxon-p, 271
    1990 - Chip Beck, 272
    1989 - Leonard Thompson, 273
    1988 - Scott Verplank, 268
    1987 - Robert Wrenn, 262
    1986 - Ben Crenshaw, 270
    1985 - Ken Green, 268
    1984 - Denis Watson, 271
    1983 - Wayne Levi, 272
    1982 - Lanny Wadkins, 273
    1981 - Hale Irwin-p, 277

    Buick Goodwrench Open
    1980 - Peter Jacobsen, 276
    1979 - John Fought-p, 280
    1978 - Jack Newton-p, 280

    Flint Elks Open
    1977 - Bobby Cole, 271

    1970-76 - No tournament, or unofficial tournament

    Buick Open Invitational
    1969 - Dave Hill, 277
    1968 - Tom Weiskopf, 280
    1967 - Julius Boros, 283
    1966 - Phil Rodgers, 284
    1965 - Tony Lema, 280
    1964 - Tony Lema, 277
    1963 - Julius Boros, 274
    1962 - Bill Collins, 284
    1961 - Jack Burke Jr.-p, 284
    1960 - Mike Souchak, 282
    1959 - Art Wall-p, 282
    1958 - Billy Casper, 285