Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis - USA Ryder Cup Team

Ben CurtisBen Curtis remains something of a golfing enigma. He shot to prominence after shocking the golfing world by winning the British Open at Royal Lytham St Annes in 2003. He had only qualified to play in the Open, by virtue of a 13th place finish in the Western Open, a mere two weeks before. It was Curtis’s first appearance in a Major Tournament and he became the first man to win a Major Tournament debut since 1913.

The win saw him rocket up the World Rankings from 396th to 35th overnight, the biggest jump ever. His victory and some solid performances on the PGA Tour earned him the prestigious prize of PGA ‘Rookie of the Year’.

As an amateur Curtis found considerable success, winning the OHIO Amateur in 1999 and again in 2000. He is the only man to have ever done this other than John Cook and Arnold Palmer. His British Open victory however did not result in any further immediate success. In 2004 he had only one top ten finish, in 2005 he had two more. It wasn’t until 2006 that he got back to winning ways, winning the Booz Allen Classic and the 84 Lumber Classic. His also had another top ten finish in the British Open, finishing 8th at Carnoustie in 2006.