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Fred Couples

United StatesUnited States

Start Position
10
Current Position
To Par: -5
Total Strokes: 76 - 67 - 70 - 66 : 279
T22   T12
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Updated: Friday, 25 May 2012 09:51 PM
  • Birthplace: Seattle, WA
  • Residence: La Quinta, CA
  • Age: 52
  • Turned Pro: 1980

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

(27): 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, Diners Club Matches [with Mark Calcavecchia]. 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.

2012 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$172,940 (150)

2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes

1-- Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. T6-- Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf. T8-- Toshiba Classic.

PGA TOUR Best Round

67 at Round 1, Shell Houston Open. 67 at Round 2, Masters Tournament.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to edge Michael Allen for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic title, his seventh career Champions Tour victory. Shot 63 in the first round, making six consecutive birdies Saturday morning after Friday play was suspended by darkness...Shared the 36-hole lead at the Masters with Jason Dufner before eventually finishing T12 at Augusta. Is the oldest (52) second-round leader in Masters history. The previous record was held by Lee Trevino in 1989 at age 49. His 26 made cuts at the Masters is fourth best in tournament history (Jack Nicklaus, 37; Gary Player, 30; Raymond Floyd, 27. Tied for the lowest 36-hole score (139) in Masters history by a player over 50. He did it in 2011 as did Raymond Floyd (50) in 1993...Was T2 after two rounds at the Toshiba Classic in March, trailing 36-hole leader Mark Calcavecchia by two stroikes but struggled in windy conditions Sunday to close with a 2-over-par 73, which led to a T8 finish in Newport Beach...Playing in his first European Tour event of the year, shot a final-round 68 to T33 at the Dubai Desert Classic...Qualified for THE PLAYERS Championship in May but withdrew prior to the event because of illness.

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.

Career Highlights

2011: Made five PGA TOUR starts, highlighted by a pair of top-15 finishes. Had five top-10s in nine Champions Tour starts, marked by a pair of wins...On the PGA TOUR, posted a T7 at the Northern Trust Open in his second TOUR start of the year. Held the outright, second-round lead at 8-under following a 5-under-par 66. Entered the final round one shot off the lead and took the lead with birdies on his first three holes. Fell from the top of the scoreboard following a bogey on No. 6 and a double on No. 7. Earned best finish on TOUR since a solo sixth at the 2010 Masters. The top-10 was his 14th in 29 career appearances at the Los Angeles-area event...Earned a spot in the 2012 PLAYERS Championship, a tournament he's won twice, with his victory at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in a playoff over John Cook, his first senior major championship as a member of the Champions Tour. Win at Westchester CC also made him just the third player to claim both a PLAYERS Championship and a Senior Players Championship in his career...Finished T5 in defense of his title at the Toshiba Classic in March...Two months after his Senior Players victory, won his second title of the season with a tournament-record seven-stroke victory over Mark Calcavecchia at the AT&T Championship. Finished with a tournament-record, 54-hole total of 23-under-par 193, which included a 10-under-par 62 Saturday, equaling his career low in any PGA TOUR event. Had 26 birdies in the three-day event...In November, captained the U.S. Presidents Cup team to a 19-15 victory of the International team. Improved his record to 2-0 as the captain in the biennial event. 2010: Made seven starts on the PGA TOUR. Posted a T14 finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, thanks to successive weekend rounds in the 60s...Won three times on the Champions Tour in his first four starts. Captured The ACE Group Classic in Naples, FL, the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, CA and The Cap Cana Championship in the Dominican Republic for a third consecutive win. Carded a Punta Espada GC course-record 10-under 62 on the final day to overtake Corey Pavin. Round matched his career-best on the PGA TOUR (1990 Nissan Los Angeles Open/third round) and included birdies on six of the last eight holes. Also finished second in his first official Champions Tour appearance at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai when Tom Watson birdied the last two holes to nip him by a stroke...Shot a 66 to take the first-round lead at the Masters before finishing sixth. The first-round 66 was the best round of his career at Augusta National. His previous best score at the Masters was a 67, which he recorded four times. One of his four 67s at the Masters came in 1992 when won his only Green Jacket. His only first-round lead in a major was at the 1998 Masters (T2)...Made double bogey on the first playoff hole at the Senior PGA Championship in late May to finish T2 along with David Frost, behind winner Tom Lehman. 2009: Finished 75th on the money list, marking the 23rd time in 29 years on TOUR he has finished in the top-75 on the money list...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...Finished T5 at the Wyndham Championship with rounds of 66-66-67-67 to notch his fourth top-five finish of the season. The last time he had four or more top-10 finishes in a season was in 2005 (four)...In October, captained the United States Presidents Cup team to a victory over the International side at Harding Park in San Francisco. 2008: Recorded three top 10s, with his best performance a T4 at the Shell Houston Open. Also had T8s at the Buick Invitational outside San Diego and the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte. 2007: Competed in four PGA TOUR events, with his best finish a T30 at the Masters. 2006: Highlight of full season on TOUR was his battle with Phil Mickelson at the Masters, where he dropped to a T3 finish Sunday. Struggled after the U.S. Open, and eventually was diagnosed with blood clot in right arm in September after withdrawing from the World Golf Championships-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 one of a PLAYERS Championship tournament-record fourth holes-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, 6 months, 6 days, was paired with 54-hole leader Mickelson in the final twosome Sunday after opening 71-70-72. Extended Masters cut streak to 22 straight (dating to 1983 debut)...Won the Par-3 Shootout for a third time. 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...Placed 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. 2004: Continued to play limited schedule due to back problems, but posted three top-10s in 16 starts. Finished T6 at the Masters for ninth career top-10 in 20 starts for 1992 champion. Past champion finished solo second at the Memorial Tournament, thanks to four rounds in the 60s...Won the Game for a record fifth time and won the Tylenol Par-3 Shootout for a second consecutive season. 2003: Candidate for Comeback Player of the Year when he won the Shell Houston Open for his first victory since 1998. Win was the first victory in 87 events, dating 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...Won the Skins Game for a fourth time and also added the Tylenol Par-3 Shootout to his unofficial victory total. 2002: At the Nissan Open, he grabbed his first top-10 finish since a sixth at 2000 British Open. Finished T2 at Valero Texas Open, best since win at 1998 Memorial Tournament. 2001: Finished out of the top 125 on the money list for the first time in his career. Previous-low finish was 76th in 1986...Won the unofficial Hyundai Team Matches with Mark Calcavecchia. 2000: Earned top-10 finish at the British Open with a solo sixth. 1999: Had six top 10s, including a T4 at THE PLAYERS...Also won three unofficial titles late in the season, the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout (with David Duval), the Skins Game and the Diners Club Matches (with Mark Calcavecchia). 1998: For third time in his career, he collected two victories. He won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic after the first hole of sudden death with Bruce Lietzke...He earned his 14th TOUR title with a four-stroke win over Andrew Magee at the Memorial Tournament...Fell one stroke shy of winning his second Masters after leading each of first three rounds...Also won the Telus Skins Game. 1997: Had seven top 10s, including T7s at the Masters and the British Open...Was again a Captain's Selection for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Went 2-2-0 in his four matches, including an 8-and-7 rout of Ian Woosnam in the duo's singles match...Was one of three who made up the PGA TOUR team that won the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Tom Lehman and Phil Mickelson). 1996: He became the first player to win two PLAYERS Championships when he cruised to a four-shot win over Colin Montgomerie and Tommy Tolles at TPC Sawgrass...Was one of four players to T2, a stroke behind Craig Stadler at the Nissan Open outside Los Angeles...Played in his second Presidents Cup, with the U.S. winning again. He was 3-1-0 for the week at Robert Trent Jones GC. 1995: Was a Captain's Selection for the Ryder Cup at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, NY. Was 1-1-1 at the biennial matches, including a halved singles match against Ian Woosnam...Teamed with Davis Love III to win the duo's fourth consecutive World Cup title, at the new Mission Hills GC in Shenzhen, China. The U.S. team won going away, defeating Australia (Brett Ogle and Robert Allenby) by 14 strokes...Won the Telus Skins Game for a third consecutive year...Also celebrated Thanksgiving by winning the Skins Game for the first time...In the final staging of the Johnnie Walker World Championship in late December, at Tryall GC in Jamaica, he won the title, beating Vijay Singh and Loren Roberts in a playoff. 1994: Missed three months of the season due to tear in the outer layer of a disc in his lower back...Edged Corey Pavin with a two-stroke win at the Buick Open in August...Was a part of the inaugural Presidents Cup in suburban Washington, D.C. Was 3-0-0 in his matches, with two of his wins coming in four-ball play with Davis Love III as his partner...Again teamed with Love to win the World Cup, defeating Zimbabwe (this time Mark McNulty and Tony Johnstone) by 14 strokes. He also won the International Trophy, the individual portion of the tournament, defeating Costantino Rocca of Italy by five strokes...Successfully defended his Telus Skins Game title...Also won the Franklin Templeton Shootout for a second time, pairing for this victory with Brad Faxon. 1993: Earned his 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...Again represented the U.S. at the Ryder Cup. Was 0-3-2 in his five matches at The Belfry...Won the World Cup for the United States for a second consecutive year, again teaming with Davis Love III and defeating Zimbabwe (Mark McNulty and Nick Price) by five strokes at Lake Nona in Orlando, FL...Won the Telus Skins Game...Was also part of the United States' winning Dunhill Cup team, a squad that also included Love and John Daly. 1992: He enjoyed a 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. Also won the Vardon Trophy for a second consecutive year. Additional hardware came via the Arnold Palmer Award and PGA of America Player of the Year...Entered final round of the Masters trailing Craig Parry by one stroke. A closing 70 was good for a two-stroke victory at Augusta National. His Masters performance completed a 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, he decimated the field at the Nestle Invitational in Orlando, winning by nine strokes...A third-round 63 set the course record at TPC Sawgrass during THE PLAYERS Championship...Played in his first World Cup, with Davis Love III as his partner. The U.S. duo edged Sweden (Anders Forsbrand and Per-Ulrik Johansson) by a stroke. 1991: Defeated Rick Fehr by three strokes to win the Federal Express St. Jude Classic...Won the B.C. Open by three strokes in the late summer, giving him multiple titles in a season for the first time...Played on his second Ryder Cup team, with the U.S. and Europe ending in a tie and Europe retaining the Cup. He went 0-2 in his two matches, including a singles defeat to Christy O'Connor, Jr. 1990: Shot four rounds in the 60s at Riviera CC to defeat Gil Morgan by three strokes at the Nissan Los Angeles Open. Highlight of the tournament was his third-round 62 that included 10 birdies and a bogey...Came close to picking up his first major championship, finishing second to Wayne Grady at the PGA Championship in Alabama...Won three unofficial tournaments, the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout with Raymond Floyd as his partner, the Sazale Classic and the RMCC Invitational. 1989: Began the final round of the Doral-Ryder Open five strokes behind Bill Glasson and almost forced a playoff. He shot a Sunday 68 at Doral Resort and Spa but fell a stroke short of Glasson...Was T3 at two additional events—the MCI Heritage and the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic...Played in his first Ryder Cup as a member of the U.S. team, at the Belfry, where the U.S. tied with Europe, allowing the European team to retain the trophy. His only team match came as the partner of Lanny Wadkins in four-balls, lsoing 3 and 2. In his singles duel with Christy O'Connor, Jr., he lost, 1-up. 1988: Came close to winning for a second consecutive year. Ultimately dropped a three-hole playoff at TPC Scottsdale to Sandy Lyle...Finished in the top 10 in three of the season's four majors (T5 at the Masters, T10 at the U.S. Open and T4 at the British Open). 1987: Returned to the winner's circle for the first time in three seasons. Despite shooting a final-round 70, defeated Mark Calcavecchia in a playoff at 1987 Byron Nelson Golf Classic to capture his third PGA TOUR title. 1986: Fell to 76th on the final money list and had only one top-10 all season—a playoff loss to Tom Kite at the Western Open, an extra session that also included Nick Price. Shot weekend rounds of 73-75 at Butler National after opening with a 70-68. 1985: Play dropped off as he went winless. But he did have seven top 10s, with his top showing a T4 at The Honda Classic. 1984: Shot a second-round 64 at TPC Sawgrass to edge Lee Trevino by a stroke to earn his first PLAYERS Championship title. Besides Trevino, the players finishing directly behind were all future or past major championship winners—Seve Ballesteros, Craig Stadler, Mark O'Meara, Lanny Wadkins and Nick Price...He had eight other top-10 performances to finish seventh on the money list. Other top finishes were T3s at the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and the Greater Greensboro Open the week after his PLAYERS win. 1983: Won his first PGA TOUR title when he emerged victorious from a five-man playoff at Kemper Open. He was tied with Scott Simpson through 54 holes but struggled to a final-round 77 at Congressional CC but still made it into the playoff that included T.C. Chen, Barry Jaeckel, Gil Morgan and Simpson. He birdied the second playoff hole to win outside Washington, D.C...He had six other top-10 finishes, the best being a T3 at the Honda Inverrary Classic...Teamed with the LPGA's Jan Stephenson to win the unofficial JC Penney Classic.

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 the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department...Inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago in November 2007...Selected for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 2011.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

5-4

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (5), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2005. The Presidents Cup Captain (2), 2009, 2011; Ryder Cup (5), 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997; World Cup (4), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995; USA vs. Japan (1), 1984; Asahi Glass Four Tours World Championship of Golf (2), 1990, 1991; Dunhill Cup (4), 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994.