1997 Buick Invitational - Preview

This is the 45th year of this PGA TOUR tournament, which was first held as the San Diego Open in 1952. This is also the sixth year of Buick as the major sponsor of this event. The Century Club of San Diego has been the local non-profit organizing body for the past 35 years.

This year's Buick Invitational will feature a record purse of $1.5 million in prize money. The winner will take home $270,000.

The tournament will be played, as usual, on both the South and North courses at the Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course. Players will play one course on Thursday, and the other one on Friday. After the cut of low-70 players and ties, the remaining field plays the South course on Saturday and Sunday. This event will be televised all four days.

On the Tuesday prior to the tournament, a special event will take place at Torrey Pines. Arnold Palmer, twice the winner of the "old" San Diego Open, in 1957 and 1961, and Billy Casper, who won it in 1966, will be inducted into the "Century Club Walk of Fame". Afterwards, there will be a Skills Challenge competition with seven players, Palmer and Casper among them, competing through a series of skill shots, near the 18th green of the South course.

The field this season includes 11 former champions, as well as 12 winners of past majors. It includes 5 former U.S. Open champions. Six of the top-10 in the official PGA TOUR 1996 Money List will be at Torrey Pines for the 1997 Buick Invitational.

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