Ben Curtis won his first PGA Tour event in over six years when he claimed a hard-fought two shot win in the Texas Open.
Curtis, the 2003 Open winner, had to sink a monster 22-foot par-saving putt on the second last hole to stay at the top of the leaderboard on his own going into the last hole, and then birdied the 18th to ensure his win with level-par 72 final round and a 9-under total.
“I don’t know how I did it,” Curtis said. “Somehow these last couple of years, just fighting through it, and stay positive. That’s all you can do.”
His compatriots Matt Every and 21-year-old John Huh shared second two shots behind Curtis and pushed him all the way to the finish line.
Curtis began the tournament ranked 285th in the world and has struggled for the last few of seasons, but claimed his fourth PGA Tour victory and first since the 2006 Booz Allen Classic.
Curtis failed to register a single top-10 finish last year and was playing in just his fourth tournament of the year due to a limited status on the tour.
“The last couple of years I felt like I was so close to playing so many good tournaments and just ended up missing the cut by one or having a bad round here or there, and just haven’t putted well,” Curtis told reporters. “Finally this week, every part of the game together.”
It could’ve been a completely different story if the luck had swung Huh’s way a bit more, who saw two birdie chances lip out.
“That’s how golf is,” Huh said. “Sometimes you make a mistake, sometimes you make a putt. You have to move on.”
South African Garth Mulroy finished well down the field after weekend round of 76 and 77 gave him a 7-over total for the tournament.