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Curtis Gets to Church on Time

August 24, 2003|Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio — His final putt as a bachelor dropped for par. Then Ben Curtis walked off the 18th green Saturday to a serenade rarely heard in the midst of a $6-million golf tournament.

"Going to the chapel and I'm going to get married," the gallery sang.

And that's about the time the nerves began to set in.

"I'm glad to be done," Curtis said after a two-over-par 72 in the NEC Invitational left him in the middle of the pack. "I'm getting a little nervous now that it's over."

Curtis had already set the Saturday evening wedding date to Candace Beatty before he threw a wrench in the plans with a shocking British Open victory.

That made him eligible for the NEC Invitational -- played in his hometown, no less -- and Curtis and his fiancee agreed the show should go on.

The wedding was scheduled for 5 p.m., but the bride and groom decided to push it back by an hour, which was a good thing -- Curtis didn't finish until 3:20 p.m.

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