Woods Will Miss Buick Open Defense

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2006 Buick OpenDETROIT -- GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods has informed the Buick Open that he will not be playing in the tournament this year, organizers announced Friday.
 
On Monday, Woods' wife gave birth to the couple's first child.
 
Woods said May 21 he intended to play at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc but the birth of his child was a priority.
 
The Buick Open is earlier this year than in the past, starting next Thursday and ending July 1 instead of in early August.
 
Woods has played at the tournament about 60 miles north of Detroit the past five years -- winning it in 2006 and 2002 -- and eight times in his career.
 
He has had a sponsorship agreement with Buick since 1999 and agreed to a new deal in 2004 believed to be worth more than $40 million over five years. Buick has said the contract does not require Woods to play in specific PGA TOUR events it sponsors.
 
He is scheduled to host a tournament in Washington, D.C., from July 5-8.
 
The British Open starts July 19, and the PGA Championship begins Aug. 9 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
 
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