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Ben Curtis preparing for Open title defence

Open champion Ben Curtis will get his first look at the links where he will defend his title.

Curtis is leaving for Europe this week, with the first stop Royal Troon on Friday. He plans to play St. Andrews on Saturday (site of the 2005 British Open), followed by Carnoustie ('07 Open) on Sunday.

He is playing the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open in Germany the following week, and will stay around for the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth before returning to the PGA Tour at the Memorial.

"I love coming over to Britain and I am looking forward to returning to Wentworth," said the American.

"It's a great test and I love the challenge it presents. Every hole demands your complete attention."

Curtis won the claret jug last year at Royal St. George's in England, the first player since Francis Ouimet in the 1919 U.S. Open to win a major in his first try.

He also would like to see Shinnecock Hills before the U.S. Open, but that might not work out. His only spare week is after the Memorial Tournament, and Curtis is closing on a new house in Jupiter, Fla.

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