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Ben Curtis is back! Six year drought ends in Texas

Six long years in the golf wilderness ended on Sunday at the Texas Open, as former British Open champion Ben Curtis can once again be called a PGA Tour champion.

Nine years ago, Ohio-native Curtis was at the pinnacle of his game having won the 2003 British Open. Coming into the event in San Antonio, the 34-year-old had dropped to a record low of 285th in the world after spiralling form saw him fail to reach a single top 10 placing in 2011.

The redemption that followed was too much for an emotional Curtis, who holed a 12 footer on the par-5 18th to seal a two stroke victory.

"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,"

The even-par 72 on his final round put him at 9 under and was enough to hold off fellow-Americans Matt Every and John Huh.

"When you come out here and win one, well, if I win one every year I have a great career. That would be true," Curtis said. "But, you know, to get to three, four, five wins - you're a solid player. I just feel like you get yourself into contention and just have that belief, and anything can happen."

Tears welled up in the victor's eyes. He fallen so low in his standing. that he had only been able to enter a handful of PGA Tour events this year.

Now with a handsome winner's cheque for $1,116,000 and, perhaps more importantly, a two-year tour exemption, the stage is set for the rebirth of Ben Curtis on the PGA stage.

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