• Age
    41
  • Turned Pro
    2000
  • Previous Opens
    14
  • Champion golfer of the year
    2003

Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis was the first player to register for The Open at Royal St George’s in 2003 and the only player to visit the pro shop to ask the club professional about the course.

Qualification

Ben Curtis is exempt to play in Royal Portrush
  • Won The Open in his debut major appearance

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Ben Curtis was the first player to register for The Open at Royal St George’s in 2003 and the only player to visit the pro shop to ask the club professional about the course.

The local knowledge was vital for a links first-timer. Curtis was 26, from Ohio, and ranked 396th in the world. He had played just 13 events in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR and gained an exemption for The Open by finishing 13th in the Western Open two weeks previously. On a bouncy links that caused even the best numerous problems, Curtis came home in 32 in the third round, went out in 32 in the final round and led by two with seven to play before making four bogeys in the next six holes. But others also struggled, Thomas Bjorn taking three to escape a bunker at the 16th, and he beat Bjorn and Vijay Singh by one and Tiger Woods and Davis Love by two.

This was one of the most surprising results on the history of The Open. He was the first to win on his first appearance since Tom Watson in 1975 and the first player to win his first ever Major since Francis Ouimet’s great upset of Harry Vardon and Ted Ray at the 1913 US Open. A few weeks later he got married on the evening of the third round of the WGC NEC Invitational, which he had not been expecting to play but fortunately was held in his home state. Has won three times since on the PGA TOUR and played in the 2008 Ryder Cup. Started in golf thanks to his grandparents who owned a public course in Ostrander, Ohio, where since a Sunday evening in July 2003 calls have been answered: “Hello, this is Mill Creek Golf Club, home of Open Champion Ben Curtis."

Qualification

Ben Curtis is exempt to play in Royal Portrush
Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Royal Troon 2016
M/C
77
83
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2015
M/C
74
75
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Liverpool 2014
M/C
74
74
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 2013
T64
74
71
80
72
297
13
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2012
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 2011
M/C
77
74
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2010
M/C
76
73
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 2009
M/C
65
80
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 2008
7
78
69
70
75
292
-
Carnoustie 2007
8
72
74
70
65
281
-
Royal Liverpool 2006
M/C
73
73
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2005
M/C
78
70
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Troon 2004
M/C
75
74
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 2003
1
72
72
70
69
283
-

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