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KSU product Ben Curtis wins Texas Open, first PGA title since 2006

By Paul J. Weber
AP Sports Writer

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Ben Curtis holds his trophy after winning the the Texas Open golf tournament on Sunday in San Antonio. The Kent State product finished at 9 under par. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kent State product Ben Curtis won on the Texas Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title since 2006, holding off Matt Every and John Huh in a tense back-nine finish for a two-stroke victory.

Curtis, a Stow resident, birdied the par-5 18th for an even-par 72 and 9-under total. It was a redeeming and emotional win for the 2003 British Open winner who had only limited tour status after a long slump.

After the round, Curtis fought back tears while saying: “It’s been a tough couple of years.”
Every had a 71 and lost a chance at his first tour win with four blown putts. Huh roared back with a 69, but the Mayakoba Classic winner fell just short.