Ben Curtis wins his first tour title since the 2006 Booz Allen Classic
Former Open champion Ben Curtis has secured his first PGA Tour victory in six years, winning the Texas Open by two strokes.
Curtis made a 22-foot par-saving putt at the 17th hole and then sank a birdie putt to record a level-par 72 and nine-under 279 total in San Antonio.
Fellow Americans Matt Every (71) and John Huh (69) tied for second place.
The result went right to the wire as they trailed Curtis by just one stroke heading to the 18th.
"It's been a tough couple of years," a teary Curtis said as he struggled for composure.
"Just played through it, that's all you can do."
Curtis, who won the Open in 2003, went into the tournament ranked 285th in the world after struggling over the last couple of years.
The win was his fourth PGA victory but first since he won twice in 2006.
A run of lacklustre results had lost him his full playing privileges on the US tour.
In 2011, he failed to finish in the top 10 even once, for the first time since he joined the Tour in 2003.