Defending Champ to Skip Hartford Event

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The 2004 Buick Championship, formerly known as the Greater Hartford Open, will not include its defending champion.
 
Peter Jacobsen has opted to stay at home and compete in his hometown Champions Tour Major Event, the JELD-WEN Tradition in Portland, Ore.
 
The Oregon event takes place Aug. 23-29, the same week as the 2004 Buick Championship at TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell.
 
'I have been very close to the GHO for many years and will miss competing in this tournament because it is one of the best run, most fun tournaments on the PGA Tour,' Jacobsen said Thursday.
 
Last year at the GHO, Jacobsen finished 14 under for the tournament with a 266, two strokes better than Chris Riley.
 
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