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].
US Women's PGA Championship: located just outside Philadelphia, the famed Donald Ross layout of Aronimink Golf Club hosts the third women’s major championship of 2020 (Oct 8-11).
Scottish Open: first played in 1972, this year’s championship is again played on the Tom Doak-designed Renaissance Club course, which sits alongside mighty Muirfield in East Lothian (Oct 1-4).
Jim Furyk: in winning the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, “The Grinder” joined Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first two starts on the PGA Tour Champions.
Georgia Hall: recorded her first win in an LPGA Tour event on American soil at this year’s Portland Classic, played at Columbia Edgewater Country Club … on the edge of the Columbia River.
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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