5 Things You Didn't Know ... Buick Open
GOLF.com goes deep inside the numbers to reveal how Brian Bateman beat the odds to win the 2007 Buick Open, Steve Elkington blew his chance and more.
Bateman made the one he needed
Tied for the lead with one hole to play at 2007 Buick Open, Brian Bateman, who earned his 2007 PGA Tour card by finishing T29 at the 2006 Q-School, faced a 12-foot birdie putt. He calmly rolled that one in, but Bateman had previously made just two of eight putts between 10 and 15 feet for the week. Heading into the Buick, Bateman, a native of Monroe, La., had made just 16 of 55 (29%) from that range this season.
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Elk's tough start proves costly
Carding six birdies and no bogeys is a great way to play the final 18 holes of a tournament. But a first-hole double-bogey really cost Steve Elkington. The Australian finished at 13 under for the Buick Open, two shots behind Brian Bateman's 15 under. It was the only double-bogey of the week for the winner of the 1995 PGA Championship.
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Leonard was longer and straighter
Justin Leonard, winner of the 1997 British Open at Royal Troon, is gearing up for another run at the Claret Jug. Leonard should thank his driver for a T2 performance at the Buick Open, his best finish of the season. The Texan hit 78.57% of the fairways for the week (10% higher than his season average), while driving the ball an average of 10 yards farther than his season average (289.8 v. 279.8).
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Austin's eagle was a rarity
Woody Austin won the Stanford St. Jude Championship three weeks ago, but his eagle Sunday on the 544-yard, par-5 13th at Warwick Hills was a rarity. Averaging 284 yards per tee shot on the year, Austin's par-5 scoring average is 132nd on the PGA Tour (4.81). The eagle was only his fourth of the season. In 2006, Austin made just seven eagles.
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Gore hits it big
Jason Gore tied for second at the Buick Open by closing with a 67 on Sunday. Since winning the 84 Lumber Classic in 2005, Gore has had only two other Top 10 finishes in PGA Tour events (T8 at the 2006 Southern Farm Bureau Classic and T7 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson). The $365,866.67 check he received Sunday more than doubles his 2007 season earnings.
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