April 22 2012
Ben Curtis got his first win in six years, shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday to win the Valero Texas Open by two over John Huh and Matt Every.
After the round, Curtis, who had limited status on the PGA TOUR after finishing outside the top 125 on the money list last season, fought back tears, saying, "It's been a tough couple of years."
Leading by three at the start of the day, Curtis fell into a tie for the lead on a few occasions but never trailed on another difficult day of scoring at TPC San Antonio.
After back-to-back bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes, Curtis dropped into a tie for the lead with Matt Every. Three holes later, however, Every made a bogey of his own to fall one behind and into a tie with John Huh.
On the 17th hole, it looked like Curtis would again drop a shot and into a tie for the lead when he bladed a wedge over the green. Instead, he rolled in a 23-foot curling, left-to-right putt to save par and keep his lead.
With Every and Huh both trailing by one coming to the par-5 18th, neither was able to make birdie, meaning that Curtis had two putts to win. He only needed one, rolling in the 12-footer for birdie.
The victory is the first for the former British Open champ since the 2006 84 Lumber Classic and comes nine years after his improbable triumph at Royal St. George’s. It is his fourth career win and moves him to 28th in the FedExCup standings.