Ben Curtis – 2003 Open Championship
Before the Open Championship in 2003, Ben Curtis had earned exactly one PGA Tour top-25 finish. He came into the Open as a 300/1 long shot but that didn’t keep him from shocking the golf world and claiming a major victory in his first-ever chance. Curtis’ one-stroke victory over Thomas Bjorn and Vijay Singh vaulted him from 395th in the Official World Golf Rankings to 35th. Curtis has won since on the PGA Tour, but has never duplicated his major success. In fact, in 35 major appearances since, he’s claimed just three top-10 finishes and has been cut 18 times.