Ben Curtis is born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of a golf course superintendant, and hits his first shots at the age of 3. He came to fame when he won the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St George's as a pre-tournament 300-1 outsider. He became the first golfer since Francis Ouimet at the 1913 US Open to win on his major championship debut and also the first to win the Open on his debut since Tom Watson in 1975. After his victory, Curtis was gracious enough to give much credit to the Sandwich professional Andrew Brooks, having had the good sense to go into the pro shop on the Monday of Open week and ask how to play the course. The Open Championship lifted him from 396th to 35th in the Official World Golf Ranking, the highest single week jump in history.