Golfweek’s Dan Kilbridge previews the PGA Tour stop in Detroit. Golfweek, USA TODAY NETWORK
As the American automobile industry teetered on the brink of extinction a decade ago, Tiger Woods rolled into the 2009 Buick Open on cruise control.
Woods would win at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc Township, Mich., in August by three shots over Greg Chalmers, John Senden and Roland Thatcher. It would be the 69th victory of his career, fourth of 2009 and third at the Buick.
Woods’ win closed an era in pro golf, as Buick’s parent company, General Motors, got out of the golf-sponsorship game after 51 years. It would return with the