British Open Leaderboard
July 14, 2011 by staff
British Open Leaderboard, Ben Curtis never too worked for almost anything. In 2003, when he took one of his most impressive victories in the history of golf, Curtis does not understand the meaning until he returned to the U.S. “We went down the escalator to baggage claim and there were thousands of people there,” Curtis recalled Monday. “That’s when you really hit it was a much bigger deal than I thought it was.”
And now he’s back on the stage of his improbable triumph of the British Open, how do you feel? Same as always. “I just got a little bit and acclimated to the course and the base again,” said Curtis, image and sound as if to sleep at any time.
“I’m sure that on Thursday I’ll be a little excited and a little more excited and ready to go.”
Ultimately, Curtis did not have much reason to get excited about their game.
It has lost more shorter than it has done this season, so naturally it is expected to be back at Royal St. George, will give a little spark.
“It certainly gives a bit of confidence because you know you’ve done before and there’s no reason you can not do it again,” said Curtis. “I just hope this is my week.
“But I will not think of holding that trophy yet. I hope that when the last putt is hiding on Sunday, coming my way.”
Moreover, the 34-year-old has never put much faith in karma. Certainly not think you have any special advantage because it has become only the pitcher for eight years in this course in the English coast.
Curtis did not even bother trying to follow the same routine that worked so well in ’03. At that time, stayed in a place that was much larger than the podium sat in his interview in the center of the media. This time sheepishly admitted to distributing more than 10,000 and a house that could accommodate his family and friends during the week.
“I’m not a big believer that you have to do the same each time they return,” said Curtis. “I’m just trying to keep him relaxed and enjoyable for all, so when you return home, is not the golf course.
“It’s just being together.”
While Curtis has built a solid career – has won twice on the PGA Tour and played on the U.S. team that won the 2008 Ryder Cup – but is still known primarily as the man who won a major championship in his first attempt.
That week, reached No. Ranked 396 Royal St. George in the world, scarcely known in golf. But something clicked in those four days, giving hope to all those who supposedly has no chance.
Kyle Stanley was the last person to have access to this British Open, earning its place on a Sunday second in the John Deere Classic. This will be his first major championship as a professional and not have much experience in the golf links.
There is no reason to feel they really can win.
Then think about what Curtis did.
“This game is a lot of instinct, a lot of feeling,” said Stanley, a little bleary-eyed after an overnight flight from the United States. “You never know when it will be your week.”
Eight years ago, Curtis came to England with few expectations.
“In fact, the only goal I had was to play four days and see what it was,” he said. “It was my first major.
“I just wanted to see what it was and just enjoy. I never thought that [winning] is here. I said, ‘This is the last time you could play it’.”
Now he is good to go until 65.
Looking back, Curtis felt it would be the week the night before the final round. He firmly in contention, although barely noticeable among the biggest names in the standings. His now wife, Candace asked what he expected to do the next day.
“I just kind of looked at her,” says Curtis, “and said:” I win “.”
He did win, though a little shaky coming down the stretch and needed lots of help from Thomas Bjorn, who squandered a two-stroke lead with four holes to play.
“I think we had a bit of a 12,” said Curtis. “At that moment is as it sank in that I’m leading the tournament … I could win this tournament.
“That’s when rookie nerves entered”
He recovered and finished with 69 2-you left as the only player to break par. Bjorn, after regaining the lead, threw it all away when he bogeyed the 15th, then needed three shots to escape a bunker boat at 16, par 3.
Curtis had already finished his round at the moment Bjorn collapsed. In fact, he learned of the triumph of caddy Andy Sutton – hired only at the beginning of the week – while on the practice field preparing for a possible second phase.
The extra holes, found they were not needed.
Curtis Sutton remained in his bag until about a year ago when he decided to change, hoping to break his slump. The two remain close, however, and although the car appeared to see his former chief of the Sunday night.
“It really surprised me in the house,” said Curtis. “I was grilled chicken on the grill and this is coming out with one child in her arms.
“I’m like, ‘How did you get here?” I did not know was coming. But a good friend of mine and we still talk regularly. ”
They’re going to see much of each other in the first two rounds. Sutton is now working for Aaron Baddeley, who is paired with Curtis and Paul Casey on Thursday and Friday.
There may be another meeting this week. Bjorn got into the tournament as an alternate Monday, giving the opportunity to compensate for what happened eight years ago – even when Curtis tries to repeat it.
“It’s a terrible thing that happened to him,” said Curtis. “Thomas is a good guy and a good player and would be a shame if [it] here does not play this week.”
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