Ben Curtis claimed his first PGA Tour title in six years, winning the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio by two strokes from fellow Americans Matt Every and John Huh.

It was something of a struggle on Sunday for the 2003 Open champion, but he dug deep to finish with an even par 72 – good enough to hold off the chasing pack. With the victory he picked up a winning cheque for $1,116,000 and, more importantly, a two-year playing exemption. That was the key prize for a man who has lost full playing rights this season.

“It’s been a tough couple years just fighting through it,” Curtis said. “You think you’re just staying positive and not worried about it, but I think deep down, you realize all the hard work you put in that, you know, finally paid off.”

Matt Every should have pushed Curtis harder but a poor putting display let him down. Despite starting with a course record 63, Every couldn’t keep that form going and a series of missed putts in the final round prevented him rising to the top of the leaderboard.

John Huh finished strongly. He was 14 shots behind Every after his first round of 77. But three rounds in the 60s propelled him into a tie for second.

Defending champion Brendan Steele also finished well. His closing 67 pushed him into a tie for fourth with Bob Estes, Brian Gay and Charlie Wi.

Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio, Texas
19-22 Apr, purse $6,200,000, par 72

1   Ben Curtis (USA)      67   67   73   72   279   $1,116,000
T2   Matt Every (USA)      63   74   73   71   281   $545,600
T2   John Huh (USA)      77   68   67   69   281   $545,600
T4   Bob Estes (USA)      72   72   70   69   283   $244,125
T4   Brian Gay (USA)      73   69   71   70   283   $244,125

T4   Brendan Steele (USA)   73   74   69   67   283   $244,125
T4   Charlie Wi (Kor)      72   69   71   71   283   $244,125

T8   Hunter Haas (USA)   66   74   77   67   284   $179,800
T8   Ryan Moore (USA)   72   72   71   69   284   $179,800
T8   Cameron Tringale (USA) 72   65   76   71   284   $179,800

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Where next?
European Tour –
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