Woods Heads Field at Buick Classic


Tiger Woods will try to overcome a disappointing showing at the U.S. Open at this weeks Buick Classic.
Woods was an even-money favorite in last weeks National Championship, but finished tied for 12th at 3-over-par 283.
This will be Tigers first start in Harrison, N.Y. since 1997, when he tied for 43rd. He also competed as an amateur in 1994 and missed the cut. Woods has failed to break 70 at the par-71 Westchester Country Club in six rounds.
Woods isnt the only competitor who will be trying to put last week behind him. Sergio Garcia, David Duval, Vijay Singh and two-time Buick Classic champion Ernie Els are also in the field.
Singh and Els were never in contention over the weekend in Tulsa, Okla., though Singh did wrap up his tournament with a closing 64.
Garcia was one shot off the 54-hole lead at Southern Hills, but faltered down the stretch into a tie for 12th after a final round 77.
The best performer at last weeks Open in Tulsa who will be in the field this week is Mark Brooks. Following a disappointing playoff showing with Retief Goosen, Brooks can take comfort that his finish was his best in a long time.
He will bring his newfound game to the Buick this week.
Dennis Paulson is the defending champion. He survived his second straight playoff in the Buick Classic, beating Duval with a four-foot par putt on the fourth extra hole.
Paulson lost to Duffy Waldorf on the first playoff hole in 1999.
This weeks purse is $3.5 million, with $630,000 going to the winner.