Curtis Throws Out First Pitch


CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) -- Not surprisingly, Ben Curtis was right down the middle.
Curtis, who shocked the golfing world by winning the British Open last month, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night before the Cleveland Indians' series opener against the Anaheim Angels.
It soared a little, but like one of his tee shots, it split the plate in half.
Curtis was presented with an Indians home jersey and got to meet some of Cleveland's players in the dugout before the game. It was very different from his previous visit to Jacobs Field a few years ago.
'It was nothing like this,' he said, turning and pointing toward the upper deck down the right-field line. 'We were way up there in the nosebleeds.'
Since his stunning win as the world's 396th-ranked player, Curtis has been moving nearly nonstop. He was a guest on David Letterman's show and visited the White House to chat with President Bush.
'It's been crazy,' he said. 'This week has been nice. I've been able to get some rest. It's been unbelievable.'
Curtis will play in the PGA Championship next week in Rochester, N.Y., at Oak Hill Country Club, a course he knows well and one where he hopes he can continue to prove that the British Open win wasn't a fluke.
'Hopefully, I can keep the ball in the fairway,' he said. 'I've played there before and as long as you keep the ball in play you've got a chance.'
A week later, he'll play in the NEC Invitational at Firestone in Akron, Ohio, a course not far from his home in Stow.
In addition to playing the game's best golfers that weekend, Curtis has other big plans: He's getting married.
If all goes according to plan, Curtis will wed his fiancee, Candace Beatty, after Saturday's third round.
'We talked about doing both, and it looks like we will,' he said.
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