Name:Ben Clifford Curtis
Born:May 26, 1977 in Columbus, Ohio.
Original/Home Club:Windmill Lakes GC, OH / Kent State University.
Played as the Valero Texas Open (April 19-22). Second-placed Matt Every (USA) and tour rookie John Huh (USA) finished 2 shots behind Ben Curtis (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win since 2006. [Oaks course, TPC San Antonio, TX].
Played as the 84 Lumber Classic (Sept 14-17). Second-placed Charles Howell III (USA) finished 2 shots behind Curtis (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win of 2006. [Mystic Rock course, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA].
Played as the Booz Allen Classic (June 22-25). Second-placed Padraig Harrington (Ire), Billy Andrade (USA), Nick O'Hern (Aus) and Steve Stricker (USA) finished 5 shots behind Ben Curtis (USA), who recorded his first win since the 2003 Open Championship. Tuesday finish required after Sunday and Monday impacted by weather. [TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, nr Washington DC. At the time known as TPC Avenel].
Curtis (USA) won the PGA Tour 2003 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished 46th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $1,434,911. During the season 26 year-old Curtis won the Open Championship.
The Open Championship (132nd) (July 17-20). Second-placed Thomas Bjørn (Den) and Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 1 shot behind 26-year-old Curtis (USA). PGA Tour rookie Curtis was making his first appearance in a major championship. The last debut winner of a major championship was Francis Ouimet (1913, US Open). The last debut winner of The Open Championship was Tom Watson (1975). [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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