Curtis Honeymoon on Hold

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NORTON, Mass. -- Ben Curtis has married a very understanding woman.
 
Were focused on golf this week, said the former Candace Beatty. We have plenty of time to spend with each other.
 
Candace is now a Curtis, having married the Open champion last Saturday evening following Bens third round in the WGC-NEC Invitational.
 
The wedding took place, as originally planned, at United Methodist Church in Akron, Ohio, about 20 minutes from Firestone Country Club.
 
And now the couple is spending their honeymoon in Norton, Mass., site of this weeks Deutsche Bank Championship.
 
Well, not really.
 
Curtis is set to play in the Trophee Lancome in Paris, France in two weeks. The two will spend a little quality time together prior to the event.
 
We decided that were going to play in France and it was kind of like, well, well do something in between, Curtis said. Going to spend a few days by ourselves and have a good time.
 
And when they get back home, Candace can cruise around in her new Mercedes SLK convertible, which Ben surprised her with their first full day as newlyweds.
 
The 26-year-old PGA Tour rookie is in need of a break. Hes been on a whirlwind tour since capturing the claret jug as the 396th-ranked player in the world: Hundreds of interviews, thousands of autograph requests, and not to mention a marriage on the same day as the third round of a $6-million tournament.
 
This week, Im just looking forward to getting back out and playing again, said Curtis, who shared the first-round lead in Akron, before finishing tied for 30th. Its been a long month, but it went by quick ' a lot of stuff in a months span.
 
It just feels nice when Im out there.
 
CLARKE BAR
 
Darren Clarke is good friends with Tiger Woods ' despite the fact that he beat him in the 2000 WGC-Accenture Match Play final and held him off to win last weeks NEC Invitational.
 
Clarke asked Woods for an exemption into this event earlier this year. And for good reason.
 
I think theres more Irish in Boston than anywhere else, said the Ulsterman. Theres enough good Guinness to hang around here.
 
Clarke arrived Wednesday for a practice round.
 
I wasnt really fit to play any golf until today, he said only half-jokingly.
 
The burly Northern Irishman has been nursing a celebratory hangover after riding a blisteringly hot putter to victory at Firestone.
 
The victory was his second on the PGA Tour, and has given him full exempt status for the next three years.
 
He said he plans to take advantage of the offer, but will increase his American schedule only slightly in 2004.
 
I think Im probably going to play about 16 next year, said Clarke, who is making his 13th tour start this week, and will also compete in the WGC-American Express Championship outside Atlanta in early October.
 
Im going to take up my membership, he added. Mercedes (Championships) is the first one and then the Sony (Open) is the week after and Im going to try and play a very similar schedule to what Ive done this year.
 
CROWD CONTROL
 
Much has been made of the PGA Tours return to the Boston area, which last hosted a tour event in 1998 ' even though the Deutsche Bank Championship is closer in proximity to Providence, R.I.
 
But, odds are, when you think of Boston and golf, you dont initially think of the CVS Charity Classic. More likely, its the 1999 Ryder Cup.
 
The last Ryder Cup contested in the United States was held at Brookline Country Club in Sutton, Mass. No one will ever forget the home teams record come-from-behind victory. Nor will they forget the sometime overly exuberant emotion displayed, particularly by the fans.
 
The crowds at Boston during that particular Ryder Cup, were they supportive? Yes. Did they cross the line? Yes, said Woods, who was a member of the victorious team.
 
I played with (Colin Montgomerie) in one of the matches. It was brutal to see the things that people were saying about him personally.
 
Woods added that the crowds over those three days were far more respectful in the morning sessions than in the afternoon ones.
 
Its amazing when you get under the influence of a couple of beverages of your choice, what happens. People get slightly more opinionated and I think thats exactly what happened, he said.
 
Obviously, such obnoxiousness is not expected this week; though, that doesnt mean some fans wont be louder than others.
 
They were out there, thats for sure, Woods said of the thousands of fans that followed him in his Thursday practice round. You could hear them. The fans were supportive. Again, they love their golf.
 
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