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Golf Australia Express : Issue 36
STAT THE THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE... PLAYING GOLF can be like a rollercoaster. In Ben Curtis’ world, it has produced extreme ups and downs. As a 300-1 outsider, the American won the big one across the Atlantic taking out the 2003 British Open for his maiden win, making him the first golfer since Frenchman Francis Ouimet in 1913 to win a major in his first appearance. The Ohio-born golfer then won two PGA Tour events in 2006. They were the exhilarating times—the good days. After several years in the dark old doldrums and with his career on the brink of despair, Curtis again emerged on top as an outsider winning the Valero Texas Open in April. Since then he’s finished T13 at the Zurich Classic, T5 at the Wells Fargo Championship and T2 at The Players. Remarkably, he sits 7th on the PGA Tour money list and is clearly one of the in-form players at the moment. Curtis’ stunning improvement for 2012 can be attributed to his putting. Ranked No.1 in strokes gained in that category, he’s putting more than a full shot a round better than the rest of the field, which has also helped him shave a shot from his scoring average. OTG Moving Up: Ben Curtis Year Starts Wins Top 10s Money List Scoring Average Strokes Gained (Putting) 2012 7 1 3 $2,154,480 (7) 69.85 (10) 1.242 (1) 2011 23 0 0 $423,466 (149) 70.84 (94th) .212 (57) The number of putts a golfer takes relative to the PGA Tour average. WHAT IT MEANS: STAT: Strokes Gained Putting