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Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 5/26/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 175
College: Kent State University

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Ben Curtis carded a 1-under-par 34-37=71 in the third round of the Shell Houston Open and is tied for fifth at 8-under 208 with one round to go.
Curtis found himself at 3-under on the day with two to play, but ended his round at Golf Club of Houston with back-to-back bogeys. Somewhat uncharacteristic, his 43 GIR have him ranked in a tie for second this week. Perhaps it's just something about Texas, as his most recent victory came at the 2012 Valero Texas Open. He hasn't cracked the top 30 in any of his 2013-14 PGA TOUR starts, so tomorrow sets up to be an important day. Apr 5 - 4:08 PM

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Ben Curtis turned in a 2-under-par 35-35=70 for his second round of the Shell Houston Open to reach the midpoint in 7-under 67-70=137.

He went 5-for-5 in scrambling but squared a bogey-4 at the 14th hole where he three-putted from 53'9". Otherwise, it was a splendid day that featured three birdies, the longest measuring 38'2" at the par-4 second. He five strokes off the overnight lead and two strokes inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Apr 4 - 7:53 PM

Ben Curtis posted a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Shell Houston Open.

Curtis missed only one green in regulation but his lone bogey occurred at the par-4 fifth hole where he three-putted from 50'7". Elsewhere, he wrangled three birdies on each nine, including rolls from 11'9" and 14'10" at the ninth and 14th holes, respectively. This round ties his low aggregate of the season (fourth round, Shriners) and it's the sixth time in eight events during the 2014 portion of the schedule that Curtis has posted a red number in the lid-lifter, but he hasn't broken par in the second round or later since a 69 in his second round of the Farmers where he missed the cut anyway. In other words, beware the rest of the way at the Golf Club of Houston. He's currently one stroke off the clubhouse lead.
Apr 3 - 3:51 PM

Ben Curtis crafted a bogey-free, 2-under-par 36-34=70 in his opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

The 2012 VTO champ hasn't had a top 10 on the PGA TOUR in 22 months, but veteran gamers know that he can be one of the streakiest talents to have ever played the game. If we're treated to another out-of-nowhere burst this week, he may point to a pair of par saves early today as catalysts. After going rough-bunker-bunker at the par-5 second hole, he blasted to 27 feet before burying the par putt. By comparison, his par conversion from 10'1" was pedestrian but no less important. In fact, he parred each of the first 16 holes before walking off birdie-birdie on the shoulders of respective rolls from 21'2" and 10'9" at 17 and 18. Curtis hit 13 greens overall and signed his card just two strokes off the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Mar 27 - 8:27 PM

Ben Curtis returns to the Valspar Championship for the fifth time.

Don't expect experience to be the key to success, as he's missed the cut every time. Not only that, seven of his eight rounds have been over par. He currently stands 169th in the FedExCup standings, with all signs now screaming for gamers to keep away.
Mar 11 - 8:57 PM

Ben Curtis enters this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open ranked 137th in FedExCup points.

It's still early so that doesn't seem like much of a hurdle, but he's yet to log a top 30 in six starts, three of which resulted in a missed cut. Furthermore, he's gone 32 starts without a top 15. Fully exempt through this season via his victory at the 2012 Valero Texas Open, the 36-year-old's career has exemplified the quintessential roller coaster. Until he begins another upward climb, keeps your hands off.
Jan 27 - 6:27 PM

Ben Curtis remains fully exempt on the PGA TOUR for the 2013-14 season thanks to his win at the 2012 Valero Texas Open.

A win in a PGA TOUR event allows for full exemption for the remainder of that season as well as the subsequent two. Curtis needed that extra year, failing to finish inside the top 125 on either the money list or the FedExCup standings in 2013. His 2013-14 campaign started off a little better. He made three of four cuts with a T32 at The McGladrey Classic accounting for his best effort.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 02:18:00 PM

Ben Curtis ended his week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a 4-under-par 33-34=67, finishing the tournament at 6-under 278.

A 4-under round sounds simple enough, however it was anything but boring. Curtis opened his day at TPC Summerlin with a birdie on the par-4 first, then made a double bogey at the par-4 third. The bounce back was sweet, as he rattled off four consecutive birdies beginning with the next hole, but squared a bogey on the eighth to break the streak. If you're keeping score at home, that's exactly one par on his first eight holes. He would then add three birdies to just one bogey the rest of the way. The putter was they key, as he had gained over 2.5 strokes on the field with the flat stick at the time he posted.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 02:27:00 PM

Ben Curtis begins his season at CordeValle Golf Club for the Open.

Curtis is exempt this season dating back to his win at the Valero Texas Open in 2012. In his previous three appearances at this particular venue, he's made two (of three) cuts with a T22 last year the best. He made half of his 20 cuts last year and failed to make the FedExcup Playoffs, so invest with caution.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 08:57:00 PM

Ben Curtis tied for 11th in the 2012 PGA Championship and is back for another run this week.

The past Open Champion has experienced several runs of success in the PGA, most notably a T2 in the 2008. His 2013 season lacks a top 10, but a T17 at The Greenbrier Classic demonstrates that he can find a good week on occasion. He was seventh in driving accuracy in 2012, but has dropped all the way to 105th in 2013. That could be a problem at Oak Hill.
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 08:23:00 PM

Ben Curtis circled five birdies and gave back one bogey on the way to a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the second round of The Greenbrier Classic.

Curtis began his round on the 10th hole with a birdie from 8'5", then added a second on the par-5 17th before turning. A bogey at the par-4 second would only derail him briefly, as he would close his day with birdies on three of his final four holes. All told, his birdies ranged in distance from 12 feet to 24 inches. He only missed one fairway and two greens on his lap around The Old White TPC, and has just one bogey through 36 holes.
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Ben Curtis returns to AT&T National and is ready to take on Congressional.

Curtis fired a 68 in his final round of the 2012 AT&T National, showing he can find a red number on occasion here. In 14 events this season, he’s made just half of his cuts and is still searching for his first top-15 finish. At 177th in ball-striking, it’s hard to be too optimistic in his chances.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 01:28:00 PM

Ben Curtis tied for second at the 2012 PLAYERS, easily his best finish in nine attempts, and is back again this year.

It took Curtis a while to feel comfortable at TPC Sawgrass, missing the cut in his first four tries. Since then, he's made all five of his cuts, with last year's finish his lone top 20. His form hasn't been nearly as good in 2013, still searching for his first top 15. It's hard to expect anything more than a made cut this week.
Mon, May 6, 2013 09:27:00 PM

Ben Curtis opened his title defense of the Valero Texas Open with a 2-over-par 37-37=74.

Today's effort is indicative of his recent form. His hit only nine greens in regulation and erased two birdies with four bogeys. His longest conversion of the round was a par save from 24'1" at the par-4 sixth where he got up and down from a greenside bunker. However, Curtis missed four putts inside 10 feet.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 02:27:00 PM

Ben Curtis resurrected his PGA TOUR career when he picked off the Valero Texas Open last year.

The defending champ was playing a split schedule between the PGA TOUR and European Tour before he blitzed TPC San Antonio and took a major jump in status. This year has been unremarkable to date, failing to crack a top 10 in seven starts and missing the cut in Houston last week. We shall see if a trip to San Antonio is just what the doctor ordered.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 08:19:00 PM