Fred Couples like good wine: what a 60 at 63

"I've shot 58s and 59s before, but never in competition and with some money on the line"

by Andrea Gussoni
Fred Couples like good wine: what a 60 at 63

Fred Couples, perhaps the most beautiful golf swing ever, is aging very well, like great wines. At 63, the American from Seattle, who has already been playing the Tour of Champions, the PGA veterans circuit, for several seasons, signed the best card of his career on Sunday to win the SAS Championship at the Prestonwood Country Club in North Carolina.

North (USA). Never before, and that he played more than 2,000 rounds on the PGA and accumulates more than 400 on the senior tour, had he reached those Boom Boom figures, who fastened 12 birdies in the last 14 holes. He ended up taking the victory, of course, with a six shot advantage over Steven Alker thanks to his -20 total.

And that had started the tournament with double bogey. Thus, he ended a drought that had lasted since 2017, when he had achieved the last of his already 14 victories on this circuit. Almost as many as the 15 he got in his 'juvenile' stage, including the 1992 Masters, the only major in a list of winners that does not do justice to his quality.

Fred Couples, statements

"Today (for Sunday) has been an unreal day," said Couples, the third-oldest player to win on the Champions Tour after Bernhard Langer and Scott Hoch. “I have never hit (the ball) like that. The day before I wasn't feeling well and today on the practice field...

I've never hit him like that. Every shot has gone really well”, he completed about the best final round of a winner in the history of the tour. "I've shot 58s and 59s before, but never in competition and with some money on the line," added Couples, who won't play for the rest of the season even though the win guaranteed him a playoff spot.

Charles Schwab Cup, the PGA Tour's equivalent of the FedEx Cup. Frederick Stephen Couples (born October 3, 1959 in Seattle, Washington) is an American professional golfer on the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. Even as a young player, he was nicknamed "Boom Boom Freddy" because of his long shots.

He is one of the few professionals who play without gloves. Couples has been a major winner since he won the Masters in 1992. In the same year he was the first American to top the world rankings for 16 weeks. In the course of his long career, he suffered from back problems again and again.

Nevertheless, he is still active and successful. In April 2006, Couples was able to achieve third place in the Masters and was non-playing captain of the victorious US team in the Presidents Cup in October 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Couples has also been playing on the Champions Tour since 2010 and had a very successful debut with three wins in the first two months. In August 2011 he won his first senior major, the Senior Players Championship, and another the following year, the Senior British Open Championship.

Fred Couples