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New lad mans the bag for Curtis

By mike Published: August 6, 2010

Former Mid-American Conference rivals Ben Curtis and Ricky Elliott are in their second weekend united on the golf course.

Elliott is caddying for Curtis this weekend, the second tournament the duo have begin together since Andy Sutton retired from carrying Curtis' bag at the British Open.

Sutton gave Curtis short notice, sharing his decision with the Kent State product the Friday of the British Open (July 16). Curtis failed to make the cut at the tournament, which he won in 2003.

``He's done, I think he's retiring,´´ said Curtis, who is 1-under-par for the tournament with rounds of 69 and 70. ``I think he wanted to end at the home of golf. ... I didn't know about it until afterwards. He told me on Friday.´´

Curtis said he would not rule out Sutton reaching out to him next year when the British Open returns to Royal St. George's, the course Curtis won at.

``Yeah, he might be calling me up, and saying `I want back on the bag,'´´ Curtis said.

Elliott played at the University of Toledo and is a native of Portrush, Northern Ireland, which is also where Graeme McDowell is from.

``He worked for [Dutchman] Maarten Lafeber for about a year,´´ Curtis said of Elliott. ``I've known him. He played golf at Toledo.´´

Elliott earned All-MAC first team honors in 1997 and concluded his UT career in 2000.

Curtis entered the weekend 44th in the Ryder Cup points standings and would need to finish near the top of the leaderboards in tournaments prior to the event.

``I'm not going to think about it,´´ Curtis said. ``If you play good, you get rewarded.´´

Curtis represented the U.S. in the 2008 Ryder Cup after tieing for second at the PGA Championship and tieiing for seventh at the British Open.

``I'd give my right arm to play again,´´ Curtis said. ``But you can't add more pressure to it than you already have. You're already playing under enough pressure out here.´´

Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker are the top three in the Ryder Cup Points standings.

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