Ben Curtis wins his first PGA Tour event in over 6 years, and his fourth victory overall. I may have underestimated the less popular (I was struggling to find a word for the Valero Texas Open field) group of players at the Valero Texas Open. The golf course plays super tough, and I am not sure that if we had some of the bigger names in golf at this event, that the scores would have been much much lower. With that being said, Ben Curtis had an up and down round on Sunday.
At different points in the round he went from a 3 shot lead to a tie for the lead, to a one shot lead going into the 71st hole. Lets pick it up there… Ben and his playing partner Matt Every were both roughly 100 yards from the green, Matt hits one about 20 feet, and Ben skulls, jacks, or yips (however you wish to say it) his ball over the green. His third shot ends up outside of Every, but Ben finds a way to make a 25 footer for par on the 71st hole to keep a one shot lead. Then he birdies the 72nd (even though par was good enough to win). Curtis’s last two holes were fun to watch, with a little bit of trouble, but no heart wrenching losses, and a couple of nice putts coming down the stretch.
All in all I must say that the final round in Texas was fun, and showed promise. There was some stumbles, but the guy playing the best golf that week won, and he did it with a bit of style. Plus we get to see more focus on the tour’s rookies that were in the field and playing great (HUH?) as well as some of the veterans stepping into the spot light for possibly one more top 5 on the PGA Tour before making their way onto the Champions Tour.