Curtis ends victory drought
Curtis birdied the par-5 18th for an even-par 72 and 9-under total. It was a redeeming and emotional win for the 2003 British Open winner whose long slump relegated him to status so low that the victory came in only the fourth PGA Tour event that he managed to get into this year.
Curtis calmly hugged his caddie after coolly sinking the clinching 12-footer, but then fought back tears just moments later while being interviewed.
“It’s been a tough couple years just fighting through it,” Curtis said softly and haltingly, after pausing for a few seconds to compose himself.
Every had a 71 and lost a chance at his first tour win with a shaky putter. Huh roared back with a 69, but the Mayakoba Classic winner fell just short of completing what would have been a remarkable comeback.
Huh nearly withdrew Thursday when he plunged to 5 over through only his first three holes and finished with a 77. But he rebounded with rounds of 68 and 67 to give Curtis and Every another player to worry about Sunday.
“I didn’t really expect too much, final round,” Huh said.
While Huh’s first round was ultimately too big of a hole to overcome, Every couldn’t close the deal after starting the tournament with a course-record 63. Four blown putts from 9 feet or closer—including a 6-footer for birdie—kept Every a stroke back until Curtis birdied No. 18.
Defending champion Brendan Steele, a distant afterthought for three rounds, had a bogey-free 67 to finish an impressive weekend climb from 56th. He tied for fourth with Bob Estes (69), Brian Gay (70), and Charlie Wi (71) at 5 under.
At Savannah, Ga., David Frost and Michael Allen won the Legends of Golf, shooting a 10-under 62 for a one-stroke victory over John Cook and Joey Sindelar in the better-ball event.
Frost and Allen, coming off a victory last week at TPC Tampa Bay, finished at 29-under 187. Cook and Sindelar closed with a 61.
Andy Bean and Chien Soon Lu (62), Jeff Sluman and Brad Faxon (63), and Tom Purtzer and Brad Bryant (64) tied for third at 27 under.
Last updated: 8:05 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012