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Fred Couples

  • Birthplace: Seattle, Wash.
  • Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Age: 48
  • Turned Pro: 1980
  • College: Houston
  • Eligibility Code: 11

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Player Notes

Couples was introduced to golf by his father, Tom, who worked for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. He attended the University of Houston, earning all-American honors in 1978 and '79, and playing with teammates Blaine McCallister and current CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz. He earned his Tour card at Q-school in 1980 and earned his first victory in the 1983 Kemper Open in a playoff over Tze-Chung Chen, Barry Jaeckel, Gil Morgan and Scott Simpson. The next year he won the Tournament Players Championship and finished seventh on the '84 money list. Couples had two poor years after that, but in 1987 he regained his form, winning the Byron Nelson Classic and finishing 19th on the money list. He dropped to 21st in '88, but in '89 improved to 11th, then ninth in '90 and third in '91 before his big season, 1992. In a span of 10 weeks in 1992 he won the Los Angeles Open, Nestle Invitational and Masters, earning just over a million dollars. He finished the year first on the money list with $1.34 million. At Doral in 1994 his back went into spasms and he was forced to take three months away from golf. In 1995 the back spasms returned forcing him to miss over three months. Rebounded to win the 1996 Players Championship and the 1998 Bob Hope and Memorial. . .Member of 1989, '91, '93, '95 and '97 Ryder Cup Team. . .Member of the 1994, '96, '98 and 2005 Presidents Cup Team. . .Winner 1991-92 Vardon Trophy. . .Winner 1991 and '92 PGA Tour Player of the Year and 1992 PGA of America Player of the Year.

Career Victories

European Tour
4 1991 and '95 Johnnie Walker World Championship, 1995 Dubai Classic, Johnnie Walker Classic. Other Victories: 1994 Frank lin Templeton Shootout (teamed with Brad Faxon), 1999 Frank lin Templeton Shootout (teamed with David Duval), 1999 Diner's Club Matches (teamed with Mark Calcavecchia), Skins Game (1995, '96 & '99)

PGA Tour
15 - 1983 Kemper Open, 1984 Tournament Players Championship, 1987 Byron Nelson Classic, 1990 Nissan Los Angeles Open, 1991 Federal Express St. Jude Classic, B.C. Open, 1992 Nissan Los Angeles Open, Nestle Invitational, Masters 1993 Honda Classic, 1994 Buick Open, 1996 Players Championship, 1998 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Memorial Tournament, 2003 Shell Houston Open.

Career Summary

1981 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.56 (ranked 37th); money - $79,393 (ranked 54th); best finish - T2nd, Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open.

1982 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.82 (ranked 67th); money - $77,606 (ranked 54th); best finish - T3rd , PGA Championship.

1983 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 71.40 (ranked 31st); money - $209,733 (ranked 19th); Winner, Kemper Open.

1984 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 24; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 71.14 (ranked 21st); money - $334,573 (ranked 7th); Winner, Tournament Players Championship.

1985 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 71.58 (ranked 54th); money - $171,272 (ranked 38th); best finish - T4th, Honda Classic & Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational.

1986 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.36 (ranked 122nd); money - $116,065 (ranked 76th); best finish - 2nd, Western Open.

1987 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 70.41 (ranked 6th); money - $441,025 (ranked 19th); Winner, Byron Nelson.

1988 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average - 69.76 (ranked 9th); money - $489,822 (ranked 21st); best finish - 2nd, Phoenix Open.

1989 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 69.71 (ranked 6th); money - $653,944 (ranked 11th); best finish - 2nd, Doral-Ryder Open.

1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 69.97 (ranked 8th); money - $757,999 (ranked 9th); Winner, Nissan Los Angeles Open.

1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 69.59 (ranked 1st); money - $791,749 (ranked 3rd); Winner, Federal Express St. Jude Classic and B.C. Open.

1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average - 69.38 (ranked 1st); money - $1,344,188 (ranked 1st); Winner, Nissan Los Angeles Open, Nestle and The Masters.

1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 69.85 (ranked 7th); money - $796,579 (ranked 10th); Winner, Honda Classic.

1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 15; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 69.28 (ranked 2nd); money - $625,654 (ranked 23rd); Winner, Buick Open.

1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 15; in money - 12 Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 70.22 (ranked T15th); money - $299,259 (ranked 63rd); best finish - T5th, Mercedes Championship.

1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; in money - 16 Top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average - 69.57 (ranked 2nd); money - $1,248,694 (ranked 6th); Winner, Players Championship.

1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 69.87 (ranked 11th); money - $1,650,389 (ranked 9th); Winner, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and Memorial Tournament.

1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; in money - 13; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.58 (ranked 37th); money - $769,192 (ranked 56th); best finish - T4th, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Players Championship.

2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; rounds played - 70; in money -17; Top-10 finishes - 5; money - $990,215 (ranked 47th); best finish -T5th at the Buick Invitational and Nissan Open.

2000 Stats
scoring average - 70.04 / (14th); driving distance - 284.7 / (13th); driving accuracy -60.5% / (183rd); GIR - 71.1% / (5th); putting - 1.774 / (86th); birdie average - 4.03 per rd / (9th) / total birdies - 282; sand saves - 67.0% / (1st); scrambling - 56.9% / (157th); all-around rank - 394 / (15th).

2001 Notes
First time in his career he has finished out of the top-125.

2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; rounds played - 68; in money -14; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $385,984 (ranked 131st); best finish -T11th at the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic.

2001 Stats
scoring average - 70.97 / (73rd); driving distance - 288.2 / (21st); driving accuracy -64.6% / (159th); GIR - 70.2% / (22); putting - 1.764 / (70th); birdie average - 3.63 per rd / (91st) / total birdies - 247; sand saves - 38.3% / (189th); scrambling - 53.7% / (186th); all-around rank - 627 / (66th).

2002 Notes
Doubled his earnings from the previous season and got back in the top-125.

2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; rounds played - 60; in money -13; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $646,703 (ranked 103rd); best finish -T2nd at the Texas Open at LaCantera.

2002 Stats
scoring average - 70.92 / (68th); driving distance - 288.6 / (26th); driving accuracy -60.9% / (188th); GIR - 64.6% / (127th); putting - 1.751 / (35th); birdie average - 4.05 per rd / (9th) / total birdies - 243; sand saves - 50.0% / (102nd); all-around rank - 586 / (41st).

2003 Notes
Began season at No. 147 in the Official World Golf Ranking and was 36th by season's end.

2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 18; rounds played - 67; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $1,820,495; (ranked 34th); best finish - Won at the Shell Houston Open.

2003 Stats
scoring average - 69.81 / (11th); driving distance - 293.4 / (42nd); driving accuracy - 57.5% / (180th); GIR - 64.0% / (126th); putting - 1.745 / (26th); birdie average - 4.00 per rd / (18th) / total birdies - 268; sand saves - 49.5% / (107th); all-around rank - 647 / (59th).

2004 Notes
Finished second at the Memorial thanks to four rounds in the 60s, only the seventh time and Couples' second time that a player has put together four rounds in the 60s at Muirfield Village.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; rounds played - 52; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $1,396,109; (ranked 50th); best finish - 2nd at the Memorial Tournament.

2004 Stats
scoring average - 70.92 / (71st); driving distance - 294.5 / (35th); driving accuracy - 58.8% / (166th); GIR - 66.3% / (62nd); putting - 1.781 / (112th); birdie average - 3.75 per rd / (41st) / total birdies - 195; sand saves - 47.1% / (124th); all-around rank - 629 / (55th).

2005 Notes
With his back under controlled played in 22 events, most he has played in since 1992. Played an important part in the USA victory in the Presidents Cup.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; rounds played - 68; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 4; money - $1,804,179; (ranked 38th); best finish - 2nd at the Memorial Tournament.

2005 Stats
scoring average - 70.50 / (37th); driving distance - 296.4 / (39th); driving accuracy - 57.5% / (170th); GIR - 68.3% / (24th); putting - 1.797 / (154th); birdie average - 3.79 per rd / (22nd) / total birdies - 258; sand saves - 55.2% / (34th); all-around rank - 501 / (16th).

2006 Notes
Struggled after the U.S. Open, and eventually diagnosed with blood clot in right arm in September after withdrawing from WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Spent three days in a Columbus, GA, hospital.

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 17; rounds played - 50; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $780,361; (ranked 110th); best finish - T3rd at the Masters

2006 Stats
scoring average - 70.79 / (63rd); driving distance - 301.5 / (15th); driving accuracy - 54.3% / (186th); GIR - 65.3% / (100th); putting - 1.816 / (181st); birdie average - 3.22 per rd / (165th) / total birdies - 161; sand saves - 40.5% / (179th); all-around rank - 902 / (141st).

2007 Notes
Sidelined much of the year with back issues. Didn't play again in an official event after the Masters. Named 2009 Presidents Cup captain.

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 3; rounds played - 6; in money - 1; Top-10 Finishes - 0; money - $43,085; (ranked 230th); best finish - T30th at the Masters.

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