Video: The Story Behind Ben Curtis' Vokey Wedges at the 2003 Open Championship (featuring Bob Vokey)
Posted: July 13, 2011
When all was said and done (and swung) at the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George's, one player sat atop the leader board with a red-numbered total: Titleist Brand Ambassador Ben Curtis, 1-under 283.
Curtis, then 26 and playing in his first major, posted a final-round 2-under 69 that Sunday to win the world's oldest golf championship by one shot.
Earlier that week, just about eight years ago today, Curtis was in the short-game area at Royal St. George's having a chat with Master Craftsman Bob Vokey.
They were talking wedges (of course).
Ben, who had arrived to Royal St. George's the previous Saturday, told Bob that his wedges had been digging a bit too much in St. George's hardened turf.
The Voke took Ben's Vokey Design Spin Milled 54•10º and 60•08º wedges to the Titleist Tour Trailer – and then Ben took them to the winner's circle, along with his Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of TItleist equipment.
Bob told this story to Team Titleist earlier this year during our Vokey Wedges Live Webcast, and with The Open returning to St. George's this week we figured it was a good time to listen to it again.
We also caught up Ben recently (in British Open-type conditions) at the Travelers Championship to talk about his work with the Voke during that historic week in 2003.
Check out the above video to hear from both Ben and Bob.