Tilted Forum Project Discussion Community  

Go Back   Tilted Forum Project Discussion Community > Interests > Tilted Sports


 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-20-2003, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
Junkie
 
gov135's Avatar
 
Location: Midwest
Ben Curtis wins British Open

http://sports.espn.go.com/golf/abcsp...ory?id=1583133

Rookie Curtis left holding the Jug after Bjorn collapse
Associated Press

Final-round scores
SANDWICH, England -- A wacky week at the British Open held one final surprise, and it was the biggest of them all: Ben Curtis holding the Claret Jug.

An unknown PGA Tour rookie in his first major championship, Curtis outlasted Tiger Woods and a collection of All-Stars for perhaps the most stunning conclusion to a Grand Slam event in 90 years.

Despite four bogeys on the final seven holes, Curtis closed with a 2-under 69 and was the only player under par on the difficult links of Royal St. George's.

After making an 8-foot par putt on the final hole, the 26-year-old from Ohio waited to see if anyone could match him.

They all wilted.

Woods couldn't find the fairway down the stretch and let a perfect opportunity to capture another major fall away. Vijay Singh didn't make enough putts, and Davis Love III ran out of holes.

That left the oldest prize in golf -- a shiny Claret Jug -- in the possession of a guy who never had so much as a top 10 finish on the PGA Tour.

His best was two weeks ago at the Western Open, a tie for 13th that allowed him to qualify for the British Open.

No one gave him a chance, not against this lineup.

No one played better over four days on these brutal links north of the English Channel.

Curtis stepped inside a trailer and watched on television as Bjorn hit into the right rough on No. 18 and came up just short of the green. He went to the practice range in case the Dane made the putt to force a playoff.

The birdie putt to tie turned away from the cup, and Andrew Sutton, the local caddie whom Curtis hired a week ago, said, ''Ben, you're the Open champion.''

Curtis is believed to be the first player since Francis Ouimet at the 1913 U.S. Open to win the first major championship he ever played.

There have been other surprises in the majors.

Paul Lawrie at Carnoustie four years ago when Jean Van de Velde collapsed on the final hole; John Daly winning the '91 PGA Championship as the ninth alternate; Jack Fleck beating Ben Hogan in a playoff in the 1955 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.

Still, this ranks among the greatest shockers of all.

Ouimet was a 20-year-old who beat the greatest golfers of his time, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray, in a playoff outside Boston in 1913, a victory that made golf popular in America.

This one will give hope to the underdogs.

Bjorn's sloppy finish, especially the bunker shots on No. 16, dropped him to a 72 and into a tie for second with Singh at even-par 284.

Another stroke back was Woods, who bogeyed two of his final four holes for a 71, and Love, who missed two crucial birdie putts down the stretch.

''It's unbelievable,'' Curtis said. ''Honestly, just playing on the weekend would have been fine for me. I just kept trying to play along. You never know what's going to happen.''

What happened is that he has his name on the Claret Jug, alongside the best who ever played.

Curtis broke down as he tried to thank his family and fiance, then held the silver trophy up toward blazing blue skies over southeastern England as he composed himself.

Curtis learned the game of golf on a course built in rural Ohio by his grandfather, who died five months ago.

''He would have loved this. He's there, we just can't see him,'' Bob Curtis, the winner's father, said from the clubhouse at Millcreek Golf Course in tiny Ostrander.

Bob Curtis is the superintendent at Millcreek, and told of finding his 5-year-old son on the putting green in his pajamas.

Until this week, Curtis was mostly known for being a two-time Ohio State Amateur champion, along with Arnold Palmer and John Cook.

Not anymore. He earned more than $1.2 million, is exempt on the PGA Tour for the next five years and was introduced before thousands of stunned fans as the champion golfer of the year.

''Now, when my name is up on the scoreboard, I will feel like I belong,'' Curtis said. ''This is the grandest tournament of all. I'm very fortunate to be a winner with all the great names on that trophy -- Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones.''

Equally impressive: The guys he beat on a sun-baked afternoon at Royal St. George's, the links that takes away more than it gives.

No one felt the sting more than Bjorn.

A short birdie on the par-5 14th gave him a two-stroke lead at 4 under par, with Curtis three groups ahead and leaking oil.

Bjorn found a pot bunker off the tee and made bogey. His tee shot right of the pin on the par-3 16th -- the one place not to go -- caught the ridge and dropped into the bunker.

He blasted out over the lip, but the ball returned down the slope and into the sand. Another blast, same result. Bjorn finally got it out and made double bogey.

''I certainly feel like I deserve a little bit more than I got this week,'' Bjorn said. ''That's the way it is. You go on. But I'm sure it's going to be tough the next few days.''

Woods is now winless in the last five majors, although this was his best chance.

Despite missing fairways and greens, he was in great position as Bjorn and Curtis started giving back strokes. It ended when he came up short of the 17th green, ran his chip 12 feet by and missed the par putt.

''I put myself where I needed to be,'' Woods said. ''I just didn't make the putts.''

So ended a bizarre week.

It started Thursday with Woods losing a ball in the rough on his first tee shot. Bjorn was penalized two shots that day for grounding his club in the bunker after he didn't get out. Love hit a tee shot that was going out of bounds Friday until it caromed off a white stake.

And a guy ranked No. 396 in the world won the British Open.

Everyone said Royal St. George's was the most unpredictable links in golf. It got a champion no one could have predicted, either.

____________________________________________________

Short of an amateur winning the whole thing, this is really what Open golf is about.

This is why people watch sports. It can always happen.

And the kid is from Ohio.

Your thoughts?
gov135 is offline  
Old 07-21-2003, 07:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
Insane
 
it was a great tournament, glad an american won
__________________
winning isn't everything but
losing isn't anything
sportsrule101 is offline  
Old 07-21-2003, 08:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
Sir
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
watching that chip shot come out of the bunker, then go back in, then out, then in, then out again was quite hilarious. Talk about losing your composure, and 1.1 Million dollars... lol
eyeseepeedude is offline  
Old 07-23-2003, 12:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
Tilted
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
They sure have some crazy courses over there in Great Britain
__________________
Go Huskers!! Go BEEF!!!!
Brian Fellows is offline  
Old 07-23-2003, 06:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
Insane
 
It was a great story.

Curtis is from Ostrander, Ohio, a little burg (400) about 10 miles beyond the urban sprawl of the Columbus metro.

I'm from Columbus. I thought Ben Curtis had to be British. I wa out of town vacationing and only watched Sunday. Curtis makes a birdie and ABC show a graphic saying he's from Columbus. I thought it had to be a mistake?!?

I'm a sports fan and pay attention to this stuff. The local media was caught totally unaware. By Sunday, TV was on it, but the newpaper didn't catch up until Monday. Radio missed the whole thing, because, of course, no body actually works at most radio stations anymore. Weekends are automated.

Anyway, it's the biggest Sports upset Columbus fans have enjoyed since way back... on January 3rd. Remember that Ohio State football win!!! It's been a very good year. Before that, we have to go back to Buster Douglas knocking out Tyson.

Very cool.

Thanks for listening.
wwcd101 is offline  
Old 07-24-2003, 06:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
Transfer Agent
 
troit's Avatar
 
Location: NYC
Quote:
Originally posted by eyeseepeedude
watching that chip shot come out of the bunker, then go back in, then out, then in, then out again was quite hilarious. Talk about losing your composure, and 1.1 Million dollars... lol
How great was that?!?! It made four guys sitting around watching it jump up and down and scream at the TV -- at golf for cripes sake.... Guess I should admit it -- I'm a fan!
__________________
I've yet to dephile myself...
troit is offline  
Old 07-27-2003, 06:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
Amplitude Modulator
 
Location: US
One of the best tourneys I've seen in awhile. Glad Ben won it while the 'pros' couldn't do jack. Did you notice Ben was the only one that looked like he was having fun all 4 days?

Anyone here want to play golf in the Panama City, Fl area?
__________________
I never said you had to.
ssander9 is offline  
Old 07-27-2003, 10:27 PM   #8 (permalink)
Upright
 
kvonneg's Avatar
 
three words: Ian Baker-Finch
__________________
Beware the ice9
kvonneg is offline  
Old 08-05-2003, 04:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
Insane
 
A followup. In his first outing following the big win, Ben ended tied for 61st in the Buick Open. However, he was on the leaderboard the first two days and did make the cut.

Thanks for listening.
wwcd101 is offline  
Old 08-06-2003, 10:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
Tilted
 
poor bjorn...he is gonna be kicking himself for the rest of his life...unless he wins a major
baboora is offline  
Old 08-07-2003, 08:01 AM   #11 (permalink)
Crazy
 
That wind they had on Thursday was a killer. I'm glad I never had to play in anything like that.
iceman2032 is offline  
 

Tags
ben, british, curtis, open, wins

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:29 PM.

Tilted Forum Project

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
© 2002-2012 Tilted Forum Project

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360