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US Golfer Ben Curtis Wins British Open - 2003-07-20


PGA rookie Ben Curtis of the United States became the one of the biggest surprise winners in major golf championship history Sunday, winning the 132nd British Open in Sandwich, England.

The 26-year-old from Ohio fired a closing round of 69 to end the tournament with a one-under-par total of 283. Playing in his first major and just 16th PGA event, Curtis outlasted countryman Tiger Woods and a number of better known golfers to lift the Claret Jug trophy.

Overnight leader Thomas Bjorn of Denmark needed three shots to get out of a greenside bunker at the par-3 16th hole. He finished with a final round two-over 72 to end the tournament one shot back and tied for second place with Vijay Singh of Fiji.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods was bidding for his ninth major championship. But after a strong with three birdies on the front nine, he faltered and let a good chance to win slip away. Woods carded a one-over 71 in the final round, and ended the tournament tied for fourth place with countryman Davis Love at one-over 285.

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