Curtis' last win on the PGA Tour came all the way back in 2006, but is most known for his British Open win in 2003. Ben came into the final round with a three stroke lead over Matt Every, but it soon evaporated on the front nine as Every got off to a hot start with four birdies and one bogey. After Curtis bogeyed holes 11 and 12 the event was tied, I thought Every had the better chance of winning given his play on Sunday. However, the turning point of the round came on hole 15. Every hit a poor approach shot into the par 4 that landed in the right rough; he then went on to mishit the chip and ended up making bogey, giving Curtis a one shot lead that he never gave up. Matt had a chance on hole 16 to tie him with about a five foot birdie putt, but missed it, and couldn't capitalize on the par 5 18th hole either.
The story of the 2012 Valero Texas Open has to have been the play of John Huh; Huh showed more than anything else that if you don't give up and keep trying, good things will happen to you. Huh started off his first nine holes at the event with an eight-over 44. While most of us would probably throw in the towel and quit, (as Kevin Na did after his poor first round) Huh didn't give up. He made three birdies on the back nine to finish at five over par for the round, and then proceeded to shoot 68-67-69 to make a run at the title and come up just short in a tie for second place. It takes a lot of will power to be able to do what Huh did at the Valero Texas Open, and I wouldn't be surprised if he builds off of it for the rest of the year and gets another victory under his belt.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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