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Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis Biography

Ben Curtis
Player Name
Ben Curtis
Points
0
Earnings
€45,438.00
Ranking
60
Scoring Average
70.7
Rounds
11
Strokes
255
Events Played
3
Country
United States

Ben Curtis Biography

Ben Curtis was born in Columbus, Ohio on 26th May 1977. He grew up in Ostrander, Ohio. where his family run the Mill Creek Golf Club. Curtis is a graduate of Buckeye Valley High School and Kent State University, where he was a star on the golf team.

Curtis enjoyed a successful amateur career, winning the Ohio Amateur in 1999 and 2000 (joining professional golfers John Cook and Arnold Palmer as the only men to win the Ohio Amateur in consecutive years), and also the Players Amateur in 2000. He turned professional later that year.

Curtis began playing on the Nationwide Tour without much success. At the end of 2002, he finished in a tie for 26th at that year's Q-School, earning his PGA Tour card for the following year. His first year on tour began unspectacularly as he made a fair amount of cuts, but had no finishes in the top 25 until a tie for 13th at the Western Open, a result which qualified him to play in that year's British Open.

Curtis entered the British Open at Royal St George's in 2003 as a 300-1 outsider. However, he defied the odds to win the tournament by one stroke from Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh on the final day.

The 2003 British Open was Curtis' first major and he became the first golfer since Francis Ouimet in the 1913 U.S. Open to win his major championship debut. Following his victory, Curtis jumped from 396th in the Official World Golf Rankings to 35th, the highest jump for any person. This victory and a solid first season on the PGA Tour led to Curtis' being named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for 2003.

The British Open victory gave Curtis a five year exemption on the PGA Tour and a ten year exemption on the European Tour, and he played events on both tours in 2004. However, he did not experience immediate success, missing many cuts and only recording one top ten finish on the PGA Tour. He missed even more cuts in 2005 and only had two top ten finishes.

2006 saw an improvement in Curtis's results as he made the cut more consistently and recorded two wins: the Booz Allen Classic and the 84 Lumber Classic. His consistent form continued into 2007 and he tied for 8th place at that year's British Open in Carnoustie, his best result in a major since winning the tournament.

2008 was Curtis's most consistent season to date, recording five top ten finishes and missing only four cuts all year. He bettered his British Open result from the previous year by finishing in a tie for 7th at Royal Birkdale and followed it up a month later by finishing tied for 2nd place in the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills. This second place finish qualified him for the 2008 Ryder Cup, his first appearance in the event.

Curtis's consistent form continued into 2009, with only three missed cuts in 18 PGA Tour events that year. However, despite this statistic he only managed one top 20 finish and ended the year outside the top 100 in the money list, but he did achieve two top ten finishes on the European Tour. At the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry, Curtis shot a 65 to tie for second after the first round, but a second round 80 meant that he missed the cut by one shot.

Ben Curtis Profile & Tournament Results

Dates Tournament Position Prize Money Overall Score
09/02/2012 - 12/02/2012 Dubai Desert Classic 13 $29,092.52 -11
02/02/2012 - 05/02/2012 The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 47 $7,600.00 -2
26/01/2012 - 29/01/2012 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship 48 $8,745.01 -1
20/10/2011 - 23/10/2011 Children's Miracle Network Classic $0.00 0
13/10/2011 - 16/10/2011 The McGladrey Classic 48 $10,053.33 -3
06/10/2011 - 09/10/2011 Frys.com Open $0.00 0
29/09/2011 - 02/10/2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals Open 52 $10,260.80 -9
18/08/2011 - 21/08/2011 Wyndham Championship $0.00 0
04/08/2011 - 07/08/2011 Reno-Tahoe Open $0.00 0
28/07/2011 - 31/07/2011 The Greenbrier Classic 32 $32,485.72 -3
14/07/2011 - 17/07/2011 The Open Championship $0.00 0
30/06/2011 - 03/07/2011 AT&T National $0.00 0
23/06/2011 - 26/06/2011 Travelers Championship $0.00 0
09/06/2011 - 12/06/2011 Stanford St. Jude Championship 47 $14,806.40 1
02/06/2011 - 05/06/2011 Memorial Tournament 13 $112,840.00 -7
19/05/2011 - 22/05/2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial $0.00 0
12/05/2011 - 15/05/2011 The PLAYERS Championship 50 $23,132.50 -1
05/05/2011 - 08/05/2011 Wachovia Championship $0.00 0
21/04/2011 - 24/04/2011 Verizon Heritage 36 $23,968.50 -3
31/03/2011 - 03/04/2011 Shell Houston Open 24 $47,790.00 -7
24/03/2011 - 27/03/2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational $0.00 0
17/03/2011 - 20/03/2011 Transitions Championship $0.00 0
03/03/2011 - 06/03/2011 Honda Classic 29 $35,462.15 4
17/02/2011 - 20/02/2011 Northern Trust Open 12 $112,666.67 -5
10/02/2011 - 13/02/2011 Dubai Desert Classic 15 $24,446.16 -5
03/02/2011 - 07/02/2011 FBR Open $0.00 0
27/01/2011 - 30/01/2011 Buick Invitational $0.00 0
11/11/2010 - 14/11/2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic 54 $10,669.00 -5
21/10/2010 - 24/10/2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals Open $0.00 0
14/10/2010 - 17/10/2010 Frys.com Open 44 $14,450.00 -1
07/10/2010 - 10/10/2010 The McGladrey Classic 15 $54,480.00 -8
26/08/2010 - 29/08/2010 The Barclays $0.00 0
12/08/2010 - 15/08/2010 PGA Championship $0.00 0
05/08/2010 - 08/08/2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 39 $58,000.00 1
29/07/2010 - 01/08/2010 The Greenbrier Classic 51 $13,893.33 -9
15/07/2010 - 18/07/2010 The Open Championship $0.00 0
24/06/2010 - 27/06/2010 Travelers Championship 13 $99,750.00 -10
17/06/2010 - 20/06/2010 U.S. Open 14 $127,779.00 7
03/06/2010 - 06/06/2010 Memorial Tournament 28 $40,800.00 -3
27/05/2010 - 30/05/2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial 50 $14,838.67 -6
06/05/2010 - 09/05/2010 The PLAYERS Championship 66 $19,665.00 5
29/04/2010 - 02/05/2010 Wachovia Championship $0.00 0
15/04/2010 - 18/04/2010 Verizon Heritage 81 $10,203.00 0
08/04/2010 - 11/04/2010 The Masters $0.00 0
01/04/2010 - 04/04/2010 Shell Houston Open 14 $89,900.00 -6
25/03/2010 - 28/03/2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational 6 $216,000.00 -7
04/03/2010 - 07/03/2010 Honda Classic $0.00 0
25/02/2010 - 28/02/2010 FBR Open $0.00 0
04/02/2010 - 07/02/2010 Northern Trust Open 61 $13,568.00 2
28/01/2010 - 31/01/2010 Buick Invitational 42 $18,020.00 -2
14/01/2010 - 17/01/2010 Sony Open in Hawaii 77 $10,120.00 0
12/11/2009 - 15/11/2009 UBS Hong Kong Open 2009 $0.00 0
15/10/2009 - 18/10/2009 Portugal Masters 37 $20,400.00 -11
01/10/2009 - 04/10/2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship 29 $38,150.00 -9
27/08/2009 - 30/08/2009 The Barclays $0.00 0
13/08/2009 - 16/08/2009 PGA Championship 24 $53,112.50 3
06/08/2009 - 09/08/2009 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 64 $40,750.00 9
16/07/2009 - 19/07/2009 The Open Championship $0.00 0
25/06/2009 - 28/06/2009 Travelers Championship 4 $248,000.00 -17
18/06/2009 - 22/06/2009 U.S. Open 57 $21,385.00 16
04/06/2009 - 07/06/2009 Memorial Tournament 41 $22,800.00 3
28/05/2009 - 31/05/2009 The European Open 8 $43,915.02 -4
21/05/2009 - 24/05/2009 BMW European PGA Championship 6 $135,000.00 -9
07/05/2009 - 10/05/2009 The PLAYERS Championship 22 $79,325.00 -2
30/04/2009 - 03/05/2009 Wachovia Championship 32 $35,966.67 -3
09/04/2009 - 12/04/2009 The Masters 35 $38,625.00 0
02/04/2009 - 05/04/2009 Shell Houston Open 31 $29,691.82 -3
26/03/2009 - 29/03/2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational $0.00 0
12/03/2009 - 15/03/2009 WGC-CA Championship 28 $72,000.00 -7
25/02/2009 - 01/03/2009 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship 33 $45,000.00 0
19/02/2009 - 22/02/2009 Northern Trust Open 25 $49,140.00 -7
05/02/2009 - 08/02/2009 Buick Invitational 50 $13,038.00 3
29/01/2009 - 01/02/2009 FBR Open 66 $12,540.00 4
25/09/2008 - 28/09/2008 THE TOUR Championship 5 $280,000.00 -2
19/09/2008 - 21/09/2008 Ryder Cup $0.00 0
04/09/2008 - 07/09/2008 BMW Championship 13 $131,250.00 -7
29/08/2008 - 01/09/2008 Deutsche Bank Championship 27 $48,650.00 -7
21/08/2008 - 24/08/2008 The Barclays 4 $289,333.33 -7
07/08/2008 - 10/08/2008 PGA Championship 2 $660,000.00 -1
24/07/2008 - 27/07/2008 RBC Canadian Open 48 $12,720.00 -2
17/07/2008 - 20/07/2008 The Open Championship 7 $193,743.00 12
19/06/2008 - 22/06/2008 Travelers Championship 13 $106,000.00 -11
12/06/2008 - 16/06/2008 U.S. Open $2,000.00 0
29/05/2008 - 01/06/2008 Memorial Tournament 46 $16,045.71 7
22/05/2008 - 25/05/2008 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial 33 $31,545.71 -2
08/05/2008 - 11/05/2008 The PLAYERS Championship 42 $29,830.00 7
01/05/2008 - 04/05/2008 Wachovia Championship 2 $691,200.00 -11
17/04/2008 - 20/04/2008 Verizon Heritage 41 $20,350.00 -1
10/04/2008 - 13/04/2008 The Masters 63 $0.00 0
03/04/2008 - 06/04/2008 Shell Houston Open 47 $13,932.80 -1
20/03/2008 - 23/03/2008 Puerto Rico Open 15 $54,250.00 -6
13/03/2008 - 16/03/2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational $0.00 0
28/02/2008 - 02/03/2008 Honda Classic 65 $11,385.00 8
14/02/2008 - 17/02/2008 Northern Trust Open 62 $13,082.00 5
31/01/2008 - 03/02/2008 FBR Open 65 $12,480.00 0
24/01/2008 - 27/01/2008 Buick Invitational $0.00 0

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