Ben Curtis calling quits in professional golf after 15 plus years

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Ben Curtis famously won The Open Championship in 2003 shocking the sports world and he would go on to enjoy a solid career with four PGA Tour titles to his credit. Now, the longtime pro is calling it quits, stating that all of the travel and time spent away from family made him feel sick according to Golf World.

Curtis may be stepping away from playing professionally, but he’s not away from the game completely. He will be a teaching pro at the Country Club of Hudson in his home state of Ohio.

He will be starting the Ben Curtis Academy there, where the goal is to teach young golfers how to improve their game. Not only this, Curtis will talk to young players about playing golf at certain levels including pro, if the youngster dreams of going pro one day.

With his experience on tour, he’s a solid dude to teach younger players how to handle the lifestyle of college golf and tour life. Four PGA Tour wins and a major championship gives you that extra experience in the life of a professional golfer.

Certainly, he’s earned plenty of money to the point where he can just chill out (made more than $13 million in his career). However, Curtis’ passion for the game is still there and he still wants to work, and teaching is a great opportunity for him.

This gives him the opportunity to stay at home with his family and still work in the sport he loves. If you’re someone who doesn’t have a family, you may embrace the lifestyle more, however, when you have kids, your world changes forever and it definitely seems like it has been bothering Curtis.

All is well in the end, however, as he can still enjoy the game he loves while still being around his loved ones more often. It wouldn’t surprise me, however, if he does consider playing on tour again. One thing’s for certain, he forever has access to The Open Championship since he won it.

Once you win the Claret Jug, you can play in the tournament every year for the rest of your life. Yeah, I think that’s one tournament Curtis will continue to participate in.

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WATCH: This send off video for Ivor Robson is awesome

Ivor Robson, probably the most iconic course announcer in golf history, has retired from his duties after 41 years and he got a very nice farewell video from the European Tour. If you are not familiar with what he does, the video above will tell you but he’s basically a PA announcer for golf as he calls out who’s teeing it up on the first hole. If you’ve watched the Open Championship at all, you’d recognize his voice. The video shows some of the European Tour’s top golfers, trying to imitate the legendary announcer’s call of their names. It’s great stuff. The tweet with the video above received close to half a thousand Retweets and half a thousand “Likes”. And here’s the actual clip of Robson’s last call on the first tee courtesy of Ashley Hammond of Gulf News.

It’s hard to find anyone who’s made the golf course announcer job more popular than Robson and with 41 years of experience, it really shows how much the job is appreciated.

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Another Beautiful Sunset for St. Andrews at the Open Championship

St. Andrews Golf Links is not only the most legendary golf course in the world, but maybe the most legendary venue in sports. The Old Course once again provided us with a terrific Open Championship.

It was one of the best Opens we’ve had in a while. Players like Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Adam Scott as well as amateurs, Jordan Niebrugge and Paul Dunne both made runs.

Dunne was leading the Open going into Sunday, and had he held on to the lead, he would’ve been the first amateur to win the Open since the great Bobby Jones did back in 1930. That was a time where he got the grand slam and a time where amateur golf was much more popular than professional golf.

Ultimately, the (A) would finish tied for 30th on Sunday but nonetheless put on an incredible display of skill. Dustin Johnson was playing like a man on a mission and did great all weekend until Sunday hit, as he went from -15 to -7.

For a while, the leaderboard looked very similar to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. DJ, Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen (Last player to win Open at St. Andrews) and Jordan were all towards the top of the leaderboard yet again.

With DJ, falling off, J-Day, Jordan and Louis were hanging on along with Marc lieshman and Zach Johnson. Louis, Marc and Zach got into a playoff to see who would claim the Claret Jug.

Jason and Jordan both had great chances to join the three in the playoff but Jordan missed out on a birdie opportunity while Jason missed a 25 footer to tie it. Despite DJ falling and despite Jason and Jordan’s missed opportunities to get into the playoff, all three of these players (Especially Jordan for obvious reasons) have had monster seasons so far.

Lieshman, ZJ and Louis went into the playoff and was a fun playoff. Liesh was hanging on but it ultimately turned into a battle between Louis and Zach.

In the end, Louis missed a big putt that would’ve extended the playoff and Zach would go and win his second career major. Zach played great golf with his signature deadeye accuracy on a course that’s designed perfectly for power hitters.

He also dominated Augusta with pure accuracy through nasty conditions to win the Masters back in 2007. Augusta is also a power hitter’s paradise, specially on the par-5 13th hole where you get to the green in two.

Although the hope of many was that Jordan would keep his grand slam hopes alive with a win at St. Andrews, Zach Johnson is quite a popular player in his own right and is arguably the nicest guy in golf which makes him an even more popular winner. Zach’s win also put him a rare group, being only the sixth player to win The Open Championship at St. Andrews and win The Masters at Augusta, two of golf’s most prestigious courses.

Jack, Tiger, Slammin’ Smamy Snead, Faldo and Seve are the others to accomplish this.

And with his second major win, Zach is the fourth player in the World Golf Rankings top 15 (He moved to 12th) to have won multiple majors and the only one to have won The Masters and Open for his titles. Only others with multiple majors are Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson, currently the world’s top three players.

Also, according to, among active players, Zach has more wins than anyone on Tour with 12. Only active golfers that have more are Tiger, Phil Ernie Els, David Duval, and David Toms.

Zach has more majors than Duval and Toms however and is only two more wins from surpassing both of them as both Duval and Toms ironically have 13 wins and both won their only major in 2001 (Geez, talking about mirroring each other’s career!). So, if Zach wins two more, only the big three of Tiger, Phil and Ernie would have more wins among active players and that my friend is insane.

As mentioned several times, Zach Johnson is an accuracy machine. He’s hit 484 fairways out of 672 and the most consecutive fairways he hit was 28.

He’s also tied for second in top-10 finishes this year with eight, finishing only behind Jordan Spieth with 12. The young stud, Hedeki Matsuyama and seven time winner Brandt Snedeker are the only others with eight top-10s.

Here are some fun highlights from Zach’s impressive Open win before we wrap things up:

Zach’s caddie, Damon Green just seems like a blast doesn’t he? Almost like a caddie version of 1982 Masters champion, good ol’ Craig Stadler. A fun loving ‘WALRUS!” (In Marv Albert voice).

Some might have thought that Zach was leaving Damon hanging but I think he was just being respectful as Louis missed the putt to extend the playoff. Still a funny moment.

Seeing this almost made me choke up as well. A win like this seriously couldn’t of happened to a better guy.

So what’s going to happen for guys like Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, and Louis Oosthuizen moving forward? We already know Jordan will just continue to win and make a mockery of courses everywhere (Rory, look out!) and it wouldn’t really shock me if he won the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits but am not making predictions yet.

Louis has seemed to found a zone again that won him his only major in 2010 at the Open Championship, also at at St. Andrews. One of the longest hitters in the game, and a solid recovery player, Louis could definitely make some noise for the third straight time at a major at the PGA.

From there? It’s anyone’s guess but Louis seems like he’ll be back to contending for another major again and he very well could do it.

So, what about Jason Day and Dustin Johnson? Both have played some terrific golf in majors yet just can’t seem to win it.

DJ’s major losses clearly eclipses Jason’s losses as DJ a few times has had the major in the palm of his hands and drop into the sand bunkers filled with scorpions, spiders and snakes (Eeeh!). Famously, the longest hitter the game and a very popular player, DJ probably could’ve had two majors right now.

He’s had a remarkable year after some off the course crack issues sat him down last year. He’s won once and finished in the top 10 in The Masters and U.S. Open and had the lead at The Open before falling apart on the weekend.

I’m sure he would like nothing better than to make a redemption at Whistling Straits where he infamously grounded his club in a bunker in which he thought was rough or dirt. This is a perfect time for him to turn on the jets and he’s knows the course.

It’s just a matter of if he let’s the 2010 PGA haunt him or not. He came out of the gate flying at The Open (And he’s off!) after his missed chance at the U.S. Open so who knows, maybe it’s all out of his head. It was five years ago after all..right?

I can see him making another run at Pete Dye’s “Bunker Paradise” though.

So, this leaves us with Jason Day. I’ll tell you right off the bat that he’ll get his.

When that is, I’m not sure but he’ll win a major or two. This dude’s an absolute monster skills wise and the scary thing is that he’s really started to figure it out with strong finishes at both the U.S. Open and Open Championship.

There’s nothing he sucks at. His only weakness is driving accuracy but he’s top 50 in everything else, including third in driving distance (Apparently, he has jet fuel in his driver) and hit the longest drive this year at 409 yards.

Crazy thing is that he’s not that big. He’s 6’0″ which to some of us is tall but most of the big boppers on Tour are tall such as Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Charlie Bejan and Tony Finau.

All tall dudes. Only exception is Rory who’s only 5’10” but J-Day would probably out-drive the crap out of Rors to be honest.

Does hitting long drives win tournaments? Not exactly but that’s the thing with Jason.

He’s not just a big hitter, he’s kinda good at every freakin’ thing. He’s second in birdie average and 14th in scoring average among key stats.

Will he win the PGA this year? Probably not, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he was competing again. I think he’s contended enough times in majors to not get the “major jitters” and his first real shot at a major was at the 2011 Masters, the same Masters where Rory famously fell apart. Jason finished in second that day.

He’s only 27 and has too much skill in the tank to not have a major soon here.

All of the majors have been absolutely terrific this year and am just as excited as you are about the PGA Championship. One thing I love about the PGA is how unpredictable it is because you never know who’ll win it and could introduce us to knew stars in the making.

Going back to Zach Johnson though; one of the questions that has quietly been going around for at least a year but has picked up steam since is; “Is Zach Johnson a Hall of Famer?”.

With 12 PGA Tour wins and two major titles to his credit I would say yes, but if not, then he’s so darn close. Freddy Couples got in with 15 Tour wins and a Masters win so I think the opportunity is wide open for Zach.

St. Andrews, thank you once again for another great Open Championship. Although it rains a lot in Scotland, the sun always shines bright on you.

And Zach? If there were 10 top five lists of “Nicest guys in golf”, ZJ would be in all of them. As for the HoF, I think he can at least crack open the pearly gates and peak inside the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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ICYMI: Jordan Spieth drains incredible putt at St. Andrews

We now officially know that Zach (Zach Attack!) Johnson has won The Open Championship for his second major of his career. But, just in case you missed it, I wanted to show you this incredible putt Jordan Spieth made on the 16th at St. Andrews to go 14- for the tourney.

He ultimately just missed going into the playoff with Zach, Marc Leishman and 2010 Open winner at St. Andrews, Louis Oosthuizen. Jason Day also barely missed the playoff after missing a 25 footer on the famed 18th hole.

Jordan, once again has proven that he’s a force to be reckon with on Tour. He came close to having a shot at winning his third straight major. It’s a very exciting time to be a golf fan right now.

Will be writing a piece on Zach Johnson here, later in the week. Again, awesome time to be a golf fan!

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Ben Martin’s Wife Confuses “Open Week” mark on calendar

Ben Martin is one of golf’s most accurate players off the tee as well as from off the fairway. He’s playing in this week’s Open Championship as we speak but how things got set up might be a tad bit confusing and funny for that matter.

Ben’s wife Kelly was planning a date for her sister’s wedding. As she checked the calendar, she saw “Open week” and thought “Oh boy! An open spot!”.

Ben’s a busy man, playing tournaments all over so I bet this was very exciting for Kelly to see. So, she called her sister and told her to schedule the wedding for a day during this “open week”.

Well, she called Ben and told him the good news. It turns out however that Ben had “open week” as in the “Open Championship” on the calendar and it caused major (Ha. See what I did? Kinda corny though….) confusion.

When Kelly called her sister and told the her about the confusion, her sister had everything already ready to go. Whoops!

So now, Kelly, who’s usually at tournaments watching Ben, will be at the wedding while Ben is at the Open at St. Andrews.

See there Europe? I understand the proper way is the “Open Championship” but sometimes you just have to call it the “British Open”!

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Source: Fox Sports

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Jordan Spieth seen playing soccer at St. Andrews


NO Jordan! Soccer bad! Stop doing bad things!

No, no, I’m not saying soccer (football) is bad. I’m a casual soccer (football) fan myself and appreciate the sport.

However, Jordan Spieth was seen at St. Andrews kicking a soccer ball, just about two weeks after current world number one (Geez, how long will that title last with Jordan hanging around?) Rory McIlroy busted his ankle after playing soccer with his friends. Rory will miss this week’s British Open because of it and will not have a shot at defending his title this year.

Some say it’s kinda a friendly shot at Rory while it really could just be that Jordan likes kicking some balls (Haaaa….). And heck, who doesn’t?

Kicking a soccer ball is a lot of fun and now you got Footgolf which has exploded globally. Maybe Jordan was prepping for the Open with some Footgolf practice?

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Source: Golf News Net

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Rory McIlroy injures ankle, will likely miss Open Championship


Well, I guess Rory had World Cup fever as he and some friends played some soccer over the holiday weekend. Unfortunately, Rory tore a ligament in his left ankle while playing.

It’s unlikely that the world’s number one player can defend his Open Championship title at St. Andrews this year. Unless he pulls out a Jason Day and battles through injury but when it’s your ankle (Which can send shockwaves through your whole body), It’s hard to compete.

But, knowing Rory, if he wants it bad enough, he’ll compete. But he’ll have to hurry if he wants to compete in the Open which is just a week away after the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run.

Here’s hoping a speedy recovery for the dude they call “Rors”.

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Rory Mcilroy’s Dad Made Bet 10 Years Ago That Son Would Win Open Championship, Rory is Currently Destroying Field

Well I’ll be darned! Rory Mcilroy is destroying Royal Liverpool at the Open Championship and his father ironically made a bet 10 years ago that his son would win an Open Championship by the age of 26 and Rory is getting ever closer to accomplishing that. If he pulls it off, he’ll be only a Masters title away from completing the rare career grand slam, winning all four majors at least once in his career. He could have won The Masters a few years ago as he was going wire-to-wire but famously collapsed in the final round and to this day may still haunt him.

Here’s how the bet happened according to Michael Collins of

HOYLAKE, England — According to the BBC’s Andrew Cotter, 10 years ago Rory McIlroy’s father Gerry and three friends made a legal bet of 400 British pounds (100 each, equivalent to $170.87 currently) that the then-15-year-old would win the Open Championship by the age of 26.

That’s a looott of money! must be nice to just grab buddies and accumulate nearly $200,000 for a bet. At the same time, does it sound kinda wrong to bet on your own kid? Whatever the case is, Rory’s making 30X more money than that bet will ever be and I think we all can agree on that! Let’s see how Rory does on Championship Sunday. If he wins, then this will be a terrific story and maybe the break up with Caroline Wozniacki has something to do with it? See man, love isn’t all you need!

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PHOTOS: First John Daly Rocks Spongebob Pants, Then Wears Pants With Big Boobed Women

John Daly is one of my favorite players still despite the fact that he hasn’t played as well as he did in the 90’s and early 2000’s and these reasons are likely why! First JD rocks Spongebob pants which look SO COOL and then he rocks pants that has women all over them. I think I’ll let these awesome pair of pants by the ever super cool LoudMouth golf speak for themselves!

"Weee wooo, weee wooo" - Patrick

“Weee wooo, weee wooo” – Patrick

"WEE WOO! WEE WOO WEE WOO!" - Patrick While panicking

“WEE WOO! WEE WOO WEE WOO!” – Patrick While Panicking

And I thought his money pants were swagging out. His wardrobe gets better and better and he still drive for show. JD, you the man!

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WATCH: Tiger Woods Hits a Course Marshal in the Face With Bad Tee Shot at Open Championship

Woah! Easy there Tiger! Tiger Woods made his first major championship appearance in sometime and what better way to make your big return than to hit a Royal Liverpool course marshal in the face from your tee shot? Well, that’s exactly what Tiger did (By accident of course) when he hit an errant tee shot that ended up hitting the marshal in the face. Fortunately, from what we can tell, the marshal is A okay. Take a look.

Welcome back Mr. Woods!

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