From 1992-2009, the Buick Invitational has supplied courtesy cars to the players in its field. But in 2010, the event – now called the San Diego Open – will not supply players with courtesy cars.
According to Tom Wilson, tournament director of the San Diego Open, the event usually received over 180 cars from Buick – 150 for players and the rest used for transportation, display on the golf course and evacuations.
The players will now be offered a discount at Enterprise and National Rent-A-Car for the week of the event and the cars needed by the tournament will be supplied by local dealers.
At the Bob Hope Classic, which is the week before San Diego, the players will have the option of a premium car, SUV or van from National at no charge, with the tournament picking up the tab. In the past Chrysler, which had sponsored the event for over 50 years, supplied cars as part of their agreement. According to Hope officials, players can keep their rental car for the San Diego Open and the Northern Trust Open the next week in Los Angeles for the cost of those two weeks and a $40 drop-off charge.
Buick, which hosted two events in 2009, was also the official car of the PGA Tour and supplied cars to many other Tour events.