August 7, 2007
No one has top-10 finishes in all three majors in 2007, but Tiger Woods and Justin Rose have come the closest. Here is a look at the players who have performed the best in this year's major championships, with the fourth and final major, the PGA Championship, beginning Thursday at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. (T-tie; MC-missed cut). *--* Masters U.S.
June 28, 2006 |
After making the winning putt, Ben Curtis pumped his fists and joined his playing partners in a bow of gratitude to the volunteers and superintendents behind the 18th green on Tuesday. He had reason to give thanks. After all, it took him six mostly waterlogged days to win the Booz Allen Classic at Potomac, Md., his first title since the 2003 British Open at Royal St. George's. The Tuesday finish was the first on the tour since the 1980 Tucson Open.
June 25, 2006 |
Ben Curtis moved closer to his first title since the 2003 British Open, shooting a four-under-par 67 Saturday that gave him a five-stroke lead after three rounds in the Booz Allen Classic at Potomac, Md. His rounds of 62, 65 and 67 put him at 19-under 213, breaking the tournament record through 54 holes. His shot of the day was an approach that landed a foot from the pin at No. 5, setting up his second birdie of the day.
August 12, 2005 |
He spent the last three weeks at home in Stow, Ohio, and Ben Curtis said he didn't practice much because the sofa was so comfortable. And there he was Thursday at Baltusrol Golf Club, looking a little stunned, probably as shocked as anyone that he could actually be tied for the lead at the PGA Championship. Although he won the 2003 British Open for his only PGA Tour victory, Curtis hadn't been heard from since, missing 13 cuts in 16 tournaments this year. Just one question.
July 12, 2005 |
When you win the British Open, they hand you the Claret Jug and instant fame. They do not give you keys that unlock secret doors to everlasting success. To be sure, the player who wins the Open Championship receives a nice cash reward and a special moment, an introduction at the awards ceremony as "the champion golfer of the year," but the last two players who enjoyed this distinction might very well be asking: Is that all there is? Two years ago at Royal St.
July 1, 2005 |
Winning the British Open didn't protect Ben Curtis from golf's ups and downs. He has been down for most of the last two years, struggling to make cuts, let alone a run like the one that won him the Claret Jug in 2003. On Thursday, though, he was up. He shot a bogey-free, seven-under 64 in the first round of the Western Open at Lemont, Ill., finishing one stroke shy of the course record and grabbing a share of the lead with Jim Furyk and Todd Fischer.