Former Open winner Curtis lands first PGA title since 2006 in Texas
23:19 GMT, 22 April 2012
Former Open Championship winner Ben Curtis ended his six-year wait for a PGA Tour tournament win at the Valero Texas Open.
The 34-year-old survived a mid-round wobble to win by two strokes from fellow Americans Matt Every and John Huh after shooting a even-par round of 70 at TPC San Antonio.
Relief: Curtis won for the first time in six years
Back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12
dropped Curtis back level with Every but after he and Huh faltered late
on Curtis birdied the last to seal victory on nine under.
'It's been a tough couple of years,' said Curtis, who had been playing on a limited status after his lean recent form.
Curtis had not won on the PGA Tour since the 2006 84 Lumber Classic but despite lack of recent success kept his nerve.
He had set up his success after a
bogey-free opening two rounds and never trailed on Sunday after starting
with a four-stroke lead.
Boot-iful: Curtis swaps his spikes for a pair of cowboy boots awarded to the winner
The jitters looked like settling in
though when he dropped consecutive shots but Every, who was denied a
first PGA Tour title after his course-record 63 on the opening day,
bogeyed 15 to slip a stroke back alongside Huh.
Curtis made a clutch par putt on the
17th and when Every and Huh failed to birdie the last he reached the
final green with two shots to seal victory.
He needed only one as he rolled in a 12-footer.
Defending champion Brendan Steele
fired a flawless final-round 67 to climb up the leaderboard and finish
in a tie for fourth on five under with Bob Estes, Brian Gay and Charlie