PGA TOUR Heads into Wolverine Country


2006 Buick OpenGRAND BLANC, Mich. -- The PGA TOUR enters its second week without the injured Tiger Woods, although the world No. 1 would probably not have played this tournament even if he hadn't ended his season after winning the U.S. Open.
Brian Bateman won last year's Buick Open with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, claiming his first PGA TOUR victory by one shot over Woody Austin, Justin Leonard and Jason Gore.
Bateman, who finished at 15-under-par 273, holed his birdie putt after Gore and Leonard made it into the clubhouse at 14 under. Austin joined them by missing a 22-footer for birdie at the last hole.
Back to defend what remains his only PGA TOUR win, Bateman will be joined by a field that includes world No. 12 and 2003 champion Jim Furyk as its highest-ranked player.
Woods, who counts Buick among one of his prime sponsors, won this tournament in 2006. Three-time champion Vijay Singh will be taking a rare week off.
GOLF CHANNEL will carry four hours of play on Thursday and three hours of action on Friday, with CBS providing the three hours of play both weekend days.
Next week is the AT&T National, a second-year tournament hosted by Woods and won by K.J. Choi in 2007.
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