Ben Curtis' victory Sunday in the Valero Texas Open vaulted him to 28th in the FedExCup standings, brought him a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and earned him $1.16 million, but it did not qualify him for the $8.5 million World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
That was the word from Don Padgett III, executive director of the Bridgestone Invitational, on Monday. While tournament winners often qualify, the Valero Texas Open's strength of field was not enough to get Curtis in the prestigious event Aug. 2-5 at Firestone Country Club.
Curtis could qualify with another victory over a stronger field or by moving into the top 50 in the World Golf rankings. He's currently 156th, up from 285 last week before his triumph in San Antonio.