Buick Open Free Picks

The 2009 Buick Open begins play on Thursday, July 30 and our team of writers and handicappers have put together three free picks for this week’s PGA event.

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The Buick Open is known for its low scoring and usually lackluster field, but this year is a little different as Tiger Woods has decided to join the field in Grand Blanc, Mich. Woods is looking for his third win of 2009.

Aside from Woods, the field is a little thin, so there is no question he is the odds on favorite to win this weekend from odds makers, and we don’t feel much differently. Here are our free picks for the event.

Tiger Woods 3/2

Woods has won 12 of the last 22 events he has played in, which is a winning percentage of .545. Cleary after his lackluster showing at the British Open, where he missed just his second cut in a major championship, Woods is eager to get back on a positive note prior to the PGA Championship in two weeks. While Woods’ main focus may be on improving his swing and working on some specifics, once he is in contention entering the weekend, his mindset will be on getting a win. Woods won the 2006 and 2002 Buick Opens and even if he is not on top of his game, it may be more than enough to win this year.

Scott Verplank 28/1

Verplank has three-straight top 10 finishes to his record heading into this week’s Buick Open. Verplank won the Buick Open back in 1988, but has made the cut in every Buick Open this decade with three top 10 finishes and six top 20 finishes at the event. Verplank’s consistency makes him a nice play for this weekend.

Woody Austin 33/1

Austin has not been a strong play as of late, missing his last two cuts, but Warwick Hills seems to bring out the best in Austin. He won the event in 1995 and finished second in 2008 and 2007 to go along with a seventh place finish in 2006. Austin is a strong play this weekend due to his track record of success in the event.

The 2009 Buick Open will be played at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. starting on Thursday, July 30 and concluding Sunday, Aug. 2.

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Posted: 7/29/09 1:35AM ET

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