Tiger wins again

Published 9:12 am Monday, August 3, 2009

GRAND BLANC – If this truly was the last Buick Open, then it is only fitting that Tiger Woods walk away with a record-tying  third victory.

Woods, who rebounded from missing the cut at the British Open in July by holding off late charges by John Senden and Greg Chalmers.

Both got to within two strokes of Woods on Sunday afternoon, but playing against the World’s No. 1 golfer who rarely blows tournaments when leading on the final day, close just isn’t good enough.

Woods finished 20-under par, three strokes better than Senden, Chalmers and Roland Thatcher.

The fate of the tournament, which celebrated its 51st year this weekend at Warrick Hills Golf and Country Club, expected to be announced this week.

Due to its financial difficulties and its recent bankruptcy, General Motors is expected to announce that it will drop its sponsorship of the tournament.

Y.E. Yang finished fifth with a -16, while Ben Crane and Michael Letzig tied for sixth at 15-under par.

Woods, who has not shot 35 consecutive rounds under par at Warrick Hills, pocketed $918.000 for the victory and became the first person to surpass over $3 million in career earnings at the Buick Open.