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August 10, 2009
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August 10, 2009

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U.S. OPEN 10

MASTERS 8

Compiled by Sal Johnson

DRILLING DOWN

Tiger's Last Ride

1 Tiger Woods not only showed up for the final Buick Open, he also won it with a roller-coaster 20-under 268 that included a sloppy first-day 71, electrifying follow-ups of 63 and 65, and a cool closing 69 which had an air of inevitability to it. As the Buick Open motors off into the sunset, here's a look at the tournament's history as well as what it has meant to the world's No. 1 player.

2 Brief History

1958
Buick becomes the first corporate sponsor of the PGA Tour, and the Buick Open debuts with the era's richest purse: $50,000. The inaugural winner, Billy Casper, takes home $9,000.

1963
Julius Boros becomes the only wire-to-wire champion.

1965
Tony Lema wins his second straight Buick Open, becoming the first multiple winner and one of only two back-to-back winners.

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