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Fred Couples

  • Birthplace: Seattle, WA
  • Residence: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Birth Date: October 3, 1959
  • height: 5-11
  • Turned Pro: 1980

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PGA TOUR Victories

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

International Victories

(5): 1991 Johnnie Walker World Championship. 1994 World Cup [indiv]. 1995 Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Johnnie Walker Classic [Eur], Johnnie Walker World Championship [Eur].

Other Victories

(26): 1983 JC Penney Classic [with Jan Stephenson]. 1990 Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout [with Raymond Floyd], Sazale Classic, RMCC Invitational. 1992 World Cup [with Davis Love III]. 1993 Telus Skins Game, World Cup [with Davis Love III], Dunhill Cup [with John Daly and Payne Stewart]. 1994 Telus Skins Game, Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout [with Brad Faxon], World Cup [with Davis Love III]. 1995 Skins Game, World Cup [with Davis Love III]. 1996 Telus Skins Game, Skins Game. 1998 Telus Skins Game. 1999 Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout [with David Duval], Skins Game. 2000 Telus Skins Game. 2001 Hyundai Team Matches [with Mark Calcavecchia]. 2003 Skins Game, Tylenol Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort. 2004 Skins Game, Tylenol Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort. 2006 ING Par-3 Shootout.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$955,295 (69)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T3-- Northern Trust Open, Shell Houston Open. T8-- HP Byron Nelson Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 3, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Making his 27th career start at the Northern Trust Open, finished T3, two strokes behind champion Phil Mickelson. Has two victories, 25 made cuts and 13 top-10 finishes at the tournament...Held outright lead at Shell Houston Open before closing with three consecutive bogeys to finish T3. It was his 16th consecutive made cut and sixth top-10 finish in Houston...One of 12 players to post all four rounds in the 60s at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, earning a T8 for his third top-10 of the season.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Kemper Open, Tournament Players Championship, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Nissan Los Angeles Open, Federal Express St. Jude Classic, B.C. Open, Nissan Los Angeles Open, Nestle Invitational, Masters Tournament, Honda Classic, Buick Open, THE PLAYERS Championship, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Memorial Tournament, Shell Houston Open.

2008 Season Highlights

Recorded three top-10 finishes on way to a No. 109 finish on the money list and was named Captain of the United States Team for The Presidents Cup...Surpassed the $20-million mark in career earnings to rank No. 20 all-time...Finished T8 at the Buick Invitational, his first top-10 of the season and first since a T3 at the 2006 Masters Tournament...On Feb. 28, named as Captain of the U.S. Team for The Presidents Cup, with Greg Norman leading the International Team for the Oct. 6-11, 2009 competition at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco...Shared the first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 5-under 65, finished T65...Made his 15th consecutive cut at the Shell Houston Open. After opening with a 1-over 73, fired three straight rounds in the 60s to finish T4...The following week, missed the cut at the Masters Tournament for the first time in his career-a streak that began with a T32 finish in his inaugural appearance in 1983...Recorded third top-10 of the season with a T8 at the Wachovia Championship...T15 at THE PLAYERS in his 25th start at the tournament after getting in the field the week prior.

Career Highlights

2007: Tied Masters Tournament record (23, with Gary Player) for consecutive Masters cuts made. Finished T30 in only 72-hole tournament finish of the year. Sidelined much of the year with back issues. Didn't play again in an official event after the Masters. 2006: Highlight of 26th full season on TOUR was battle with Phil Mickelson at the Masters, where he dropped to a T3 finish on Sunday...Struggled after the U.S. Open, and eventually diagnosed with blood clot in right arm in September after withdrawing from Bridgestone Invitational. Spent three days in a Columbus, GA, hospital...Posted the first top-10 of the season and his 13th in 25 starts at the Nissan Open with a fourth-place finish. Tied with three others with three holes to play but bogeyed two of last three to finish three strokes behind winner Rory Sabbatini...Recorded a PLAYERS Championship tournament-record fourth hole-in-one of the week on the 159-yard 13th hole with a 9-iron. The ace was his second at the TPC Sawgrass. He aced the par-3 17th hole in 1997 during the final round. Also holed out third shot from the 17th tee during the first round of the 1999 tournament after splashing his tee shot into water hazard...Vying to become the oldest Masters champion at the age of 46 years, six months and six days, was paired with 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson in final twosome on Sunday after opening 71-70-72. Hit 16 of 18 greens in final round but took 34 putts en route to a final-round 71 and a T3 finish. Extended Masters cut streak to 22 straight (dating to 1983 debut). 2005: With back issues largely under control, posted four top-10s and played a crucial role on the victorious United States Presidents Cup squad...Finished runner-up at the Memorial Tournament for the second straight year, one stroke back of Bart Bryant...Finished T3 at the British Open, his ninth top-10 at the event...Tabbed by Jack Nicklaus as Captain's Selection for The Presidents Cup. Posted a 1-2-1 record but defeated World No. 2 Vijay Singh in Sunday singles match, 1-up, by draining a 20-foot putt on No. 18. 2004: Continued to play limited schedule due to back problems, but posted three top-10s in 16 starts...Finished T6 at Masters for ninth career top-10 in 20 starts for 1992 champion...Past champion unable to catch Ernie Els on the weekend at the Memorial Tournament. Finished solo second thanks to four rounds in the 60s. 2003: Candidate for Comeback Player of the Year won for the first time since 1998 at the Shell Houston Open. Missed just one cut in 18 starts...Began season at No. 147 in the Official World Golf Ranking and was No. 36 by season's end...Discouraged with his game, hooked up with Butch Harmon during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The two worked for six hours one day, with Couples shortening his swing to take some pressure off his tender back...Held first- and third-round leads at Houston before defeating runners-up Mark Calcavecchia, Stuart Appleby and Hank Kuehne by four. Win was the first victory in 87 events, dating back to the 1998 Memorial Tournament. Became the first player from the University of Houston and the sixth player over age 40 to win the Shell Houston Open. 2002: Climbed back into the top 125 after nearly doubling his earnings from the prior season...T9 at Nissan Open, first top-10 finish since a sixth at 2000 British Open...In first career appearance at Valero Texas Open, fired rounds of 65-64 on the weekend to finish T2, best since win at 1998 Memorial Tournament. 2001: Finished out of the top 125 for first time in his career. Previous low finish was 76th in 1986. 2000: Earned top-10 finish in British Open with solo sixth. 1998: For third time in career collected two victories. Final-round 66 earned playoff spot with Bruce Lietzke at Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which he won with birdie on first extra hole at Bermuda Dunes. Earned 14th TOUR title with four-stroke win over Andrew Magee at Memorial Tournament...Fell one stroke shy of winning his second Masters after leading each of first three rounds. 1996: Became first player to win two PLAYERS Championships. Trailed Tommy Tolles by four strokes through 54 holes, but closing 64, featuring eagle at 16 and birdie at 17, sealed victory. 1995: Recorded back-to-back victories on European Tour, first American to do so since Charles Coody in 1973...Teamed with Davis Love III to win four consecutive World Cup of Golf titles (1992-95). 1994: Opened the season with a playoff loss to Phil Mickelson at the Mercedes Championship...Missed three months due to tear in outer layer of disc in lower back...Edged Corey Pavin with a two-stroke win over him at the Buick Open in August... 1993: Earned 10th career victory at the wind-shortened (54 holes) Honda Classic. Closed with a 70 to tie Robert Gamez. Holed a bunker shot on 17th hole to force the playoff. Won with par on second extra hole. 1992: Career year, winning three tournaments, including the Masters, and earned more than $1.3 million to finish No. 1 on the money list for the only time in his career...Earned his second consecutive Player of the Year Award as voted by the players...Entered final round of Masters trailing Craig Parry by one stroke. Closing 70 good for two-stroke victory. Masters completed remarkable streak during which he won three tournaments and finished second twice in six starts...Defeated Davis Love III with a birdie on the second playoff hole to win his second Nissan Los Angeles Open title...Three weeks later, decimated the field at the Nestle Invitational, winning by nine strokes...Third-round 63 set the course record at the TPC at Sawgrass during THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP...Winner of Vardon Trophy for second consecutive year...Winner of Arnold Palmer Award and PGA of America Player of the Year. 1991: Took lead at Federal Express St. Jude Classic with third-round 66 and went on to three-stroke victory over Rick Fehr. Won B.C. Open by three strokes as well. 1990: After equaling the then-course record with a 9-under 62 during the third round, defeated Gil Morgan by three strokes at the Nissan Los Angeles Open...Finished second at the PGA Championship and fifth at the Masters Tournament. 1988: Lost playoff to Sandy Lyle at the Phoenix Open when Lyle bogeyed the third extra hole. 1987: Defeated Mark Calcavecchia with a par on the third extra hole at Byron Nelson Golf Classic. 1984: Edged Lee Trevino by a stroke to earn his first Tournament Players Championship. Featured second-round 64. 1983: First TOUR victory came in five-man playoff at Kemper Open. Birdied second playoff hole to defeat T.C. Chen, Barry Jaeckel, Gil Morgan and Scott Simpson.

Personal

Roomed with Blaine McCallister and CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz at University of Houston...His charity is Millie Medlin Violet Sobich Couples Fund, in memory of mother...Serves as host of the Fred Couples Invitational, a charity event in hometown of Seattle...Introduced to game by his father, who worked in Seattle Parks and Recreation Department...Inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago in November 2007.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

5-4

Other Information

Competed in four PGA TOUR events in 2007, with best finish being a T30 at the Masters. Highlight of 2006 full season on TOUR was battle with Phil Mickelson at the Masters, where he dropped to a T3 finish on Sunday. Struggled after the U.S. Open, and eventually diagnosed with blood clot in right arm in September after withdrawing from Bridgestone Invitational. Spent three days in a Columbus, GA, hospital. Posted the first top-10 of the season at the Nissan Open with a fourth-place finish. Recorded a PLAYERS Championship tournament-record fourth hole-in-one of the week on the 159-yard 13th hole with a 9-iron. The ace was his second at the TPC Sawgrass. He aced the par-3 17th hole in 1997 during the final round. Also holed out third shot from the 17th tee during the first round of the 1999 tournament after splashing his tee shot into water hazard. Vying to become the oldest Masters champion at the age of 46 years, six months and six days, was paired with 54-hole leader Phil Mickelson in final twosome on Sunday after opening 71-70-72.Extended Masters cut streak to 22 straight (dating to 1983 debut). With back issues largely under control in 2005, posted four top-10s and played a crucial role on the victorious United States Presidents Cup squad. Finished runner-up at the Memorial Tournament for the second straight year, one stroke back of Bart Bryant. Finished T3 at the British Open, his ninth top-10 at the event.Tabbed by Jack Nicklaus as Captain's Selection for The Presidents Cup. Posted a 1-2-1 record but defeated World No. 2 Vijay Singh in Sunday singles match, 1-up. Continued to play limited schedule in 2004 due to back problems, but posted three top-10s in 16 starts. Finished T6 at Masters for ninth career top-10 in 20 starts for 1992 champion. Past champion finished solo second at the Memorial thanks to four rounds in the 60s. Candidate for Comeback Player of the Year in 2003 won for the first time since 1998 at the Shell Houston Open. Win was the first victory in 87 events, dating back to the 1998 Memorial Tournament. Missed just one cut in 18 starts. Became the first player from the University of Houston and the sixth player over age 40 to win the Shell Houston Open. In 2002, posted T9 at Nissan Open, first top-10 finish since a sixth at 2000 British Open. Finished T2 at Valero Texas Open, best since win at 1998 Memorial Tournament. In 2001, finished out of the top 125 for first time in his career. Previous low finish was 76th in 1986. Earned top-10 finish in 2000 British Open with solo sixth. For third time in career collected two victories in 1998. Won Bob Hope Chrysler Classic after first hole of sudden death with Bruce Lietzke. Earned 14th TOUR title with four-stroke win over Andrew Magee at Memorial Tournament. Fell one stroke shy of winning his second Masters after leading each of first three rounds. In 1996, became first player to win two PLAYERS Championships. Teamed with Davis Love III to win fourth consecutive World Cup of Golf titles (1992-95). Missed three months of 1994 season due to tear in outer layer of disc in lower back. Edged Corey Pavin with a two-stroke win at the Buick Open in August. Earned 10th career victory at the wind-shortened (54 holes) Honda Classic in 1993. Closed with a 70 to tie Robert Gamez. Holed a bunker shot on 17th hole to force the playoff. Won with par on second extra hole. 1992 was career year, winning three tournaments, including the Masters, and earned more than $1.3 million to finish No. 1 on the money list for the only time in his career. Earned his second consecutive Player of the Year Award as voted by the players. Entered final round of Masters trailing Craig Parry by one stroke. Closing 70 good for two-stroke victory. Masters completed remarkable streak during which he won three tournaments and finished second twice in six starts. Defeated Davis Love III in a playoff to win his second Nissan Los Angeles Open title. Three weeks later, decimated the field at the Nestle Invitational, winning by nine strokes. Third-round 63 set the course record at the TPC Sawgrass during THE PLAYERS Championship. Winner of Vardon Trophy for second consecutive year. Winner of Arnold Palmer Award and PGA of America Player of the Year. Defeated Rick Fehr by three at the 1991 Federal Express St. Jude Classic. Won B.C. Open by three strokes as well. Defeated Gil Morgan by three strokes at the 1990 Nissan Los Angeles Open. Defeated Mark Calcavecchia on the third extra hole at 1987 Byron Nelson Golf Classic. In 1984, edged Lee Trevino by a stroke to earn his first Tournament Players Championship. First TOUR victory came in five-man playoff at 1983 Kemper Open. Birdied second playoff hole to win. Roomed with Blaine McCallister and CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz at University of Houston. His charity is Millie Medlin Violet Sobich Couples Fund, in memory of mother. Serves as host of the Fred Couples Invitational, a charity event in hometown of Seattle. Introduced to game by his father, who worked in Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago in November 2007.

National Teams

USA vs. Japan, 1984; Ryder Cup (5), 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997; Asahi Glass Four Tours World Championship of Golf (2), 1990, 1991; Dunhill Cup (4), 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994; World Cup (4), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995; The Presidents Cup (4), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2005.

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