Curtis Commits to Buick Open

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GRAND BLANC, Michigan (AP) -- British Open champion Ben Curtis has committed to play in the 2003 Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club, General Motors Corp.'s Buick Division announced Friday. Curtis joins U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and defending Buick Open champion Tiger Woods in the July 31-Aug. 3 tournament, Buick said. The event offers a $4 million purse, including a $720,000 winner's share.
 
Curtis, 26, of Kent, Ohio, was a PGA Tour rookie ranked No.396 in the world when he won the British Open earlier this month. He became the ninth player to earn his first PGA Tour victory at a major championship.
 
'We are very excited that Ben Curtis has decided to make the Buick Open his first tournament since winning the British Open,' said Larry Peck, Buick's golf marketing manager. 'With the addition of Ben to a field that already includes the U.S. Open Champion [Furyk] and the world's number one player [Woods], we look forward to an outstanding tournament next week.'
 
Woods can become the first player to win the Buick Open in consecutive years since Tony Lema in 1964 and '65. It will be his only tournament appearance between the British Open and the PGA Championship.
 
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