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For any who wondered why Tiger Woods was playing this week at Warwick Hills, the first time in his career he’s played two consecutive weeks before a major, perhaps the world No. 1 has a soft spot for Michigan, or maybe it’s history books.

If all the reports hold, this will be the final Buick Open, a victim of the anemic American auto industry, and Woods’ name will be the last etched into the trophy.

For the record, the Buick is Woods’ 69th Tour title, leaving him four behind Jack Nicklaus’ career mark. Curious that Woods also stands a Grand Slam (four) behind Nicklaus’ historic Grand Slam haul of 18 major championships.

Nicklaus’ major record is safe for at least one more season, but 73 Tour victories may be within reach before the end of ’09. Woods will likely play five more times on Tour this year (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and Tour Championship), and a 4-out-of-5 finish is not out of the question, particularly after the way he played at Warwick Hills.