Who's who in golf - Fred Couples


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Name: - Frederick Steven Couples
Country: - USA
Born : - October 3, 1959 in Seattle, King County, Washington.
Original Home/Club: - Seattle, Washington
Occupation: - Professional golfer, golf course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1980
Sponsor / Attachment: - Bridgestone Golf, Cadillac

Roll of Honour

Majors (1). Senior Majors (2). Ryder Cup player (1989, '91, '93, '95, '97). Presidents Cup player (1994, '96, '98, 2005). Presidents Cup captain (2009, '11, '13). Multiple wins on the US PGA, Champions, European and other international tours. US PGA Tour leading money winner (1992). Has held the official ranking of world's No.1 male golfer. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2013).


Golf course design

Since 1991 Fred Couples has worked closely with Gene Bates on the design of several golf courses, including (but not limited to): Kelly Plantation, Carolina National, Heron Ridge, San Juan Oaks, The Rise (British Columbia) and Tomson Pudong (Shanghai).


Did you know?

"Boom-Boom" Freddie Couples is one of the leading stars of the US Tour, and is known internationally throughout the golfing world. He attended college at the University of Houston, and now lives in La Quinta, California. Couples is one of a very few golfers who never wears a golf glove.


Top tournaments won by Fred Couples

2017Snr AmericaAmerican Family Ins Ch'shipUniversity Ridge201 (-15)$300,000
Played as the American Family Insurance Ch'ship (June 23-25). Second-placed Scott Verplank (USA) finished 2 shots behind Couples (USA), whose final round 66 clinched the win. [University Ridge GC, Madison, Wisconsin].
2017Snr AmericaChubb ClassicTwinEagles200 (-16)$240,000
Played as the Chubb Classic (Feb 17-19). Second-placed Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Couples (USA), who recorded his 12th Champions Tour win. [Talon course, The Club at TwinEagles, Naples, FL].
2014Snr AmericaHoag ClassicNewport Beach198 (-15)$262,500
Played as the Toshiba Classic (March 14-16). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot), Steve Pate (USA) and Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind Couples (USA), who recorded his tenth Champions Tour win. [Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, CA].
2014Snr AmericaShaw Charity ClassicCanyon Meadows195 (-15)$337,500
Played as the Shaw Charity Classic (Aug 29-31). Couples (USA) beat Billy Andrade (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. Couples shot a course-record final round 61 to force the playoff. [Canyon Meadows G&CC, Calgary, Alberta].
2013Snr AmericaCharles Schwab Cup Ch'shipHarding Park267 (-17)$440,000
Played as the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Oct 31-Nov 3; Champions Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger), Peter Senior (Aus) and Mark O'Meara (USA) finished 6 shots behind Couples (USA). [TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA].
2013Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr68.64n/a
Couples (USA) won his third (and second straight) Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Champions Tour. Bernhard Langer (Ger) was second with 68.92; Kenny Perry (USA) was third with 69.21.
2012Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr68.52n/a
Couples (USA) won his second Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Champions Tour. Bernhard Langer (Ger) was second with 68.76; Tom Lehman (USA) was third with 68.92.
2012Snr AmericaRapiscan ClassicFallen Oak202 (-14)$240,000
Played as the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (March 23-25). Second-placed Michael Allen (USA) finished 1 shot behind Couples (USA), who shot a course-record opening round 63. [Fallen Oak GC, Saucier, nr Biloxi, MS].
2012Snr MajorsSenior Open ChampionshipTurnberry271 (-9)€256,059
The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex (26th) (July 26-29). Second-placed Gary Hallberg (USA) finished 2 shots behind Couples (USA), who claimed his second senior major title. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
2011Snr AmericaSan Antonio Ch'shipTPC San Antonio193 (-23)$277,500
Played as the AT&T Championship (Oct 14-16). Second-placed Mark Calcavecchia (USA) finished 7 shots behind Couples (USA). [Canyons course, TPC San Antonio, Texas].
2011Snr MajorsSenior Players Ch'shipWestchester CC273 (-11)$405,000
Played as the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship (Aug 18-21). Couples (USA) beat John Cook (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole to claim his first senior major title. [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
2010Snr AmericaCap Cana Ch'shipPunta Espada195 (-21)$240,000
Played as the Cap Cana Championship (March 26-28). Second-placed Corey Pavin (USA) finished 2 shots behind Couples (USA). This was Couples' third straight win in only his fourth start on the Champions Tour. [Punta Espada GC, Cap Cana, Dominican Republic].
2010Snr AmericaChubb ClassicQuarry of Naples199 (-17)$240,000
Played as the ACE Group Classic (Feb 12-14). Second-placed Tommy Armour III (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time Champions Tour winner Couples (USA). Armour was playing in his first Champions Tour event, Couples in his second. [The Quarry GC, Naples, FL].
2010Snr AmericaHoag ClassicNewport Beach195 (-18)$255,000
Played as the Toshiba Classic (March 5-7). Second-placed Ronnie Black (USA) finished 4 shots behind Couples (USA), who won his second straight Champions Tour title. [Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, California].
2010Snr AmericaInsperity InvtlWoodlands CC, TX199 (-17)$255,000
Played as the Administaff Small Business Classic (Oct 22-24). Second-placed Mark Wiebe (USA) finished 7 shots behind Couples (USA), who shot a tournament record final round 63. [Tournament course, The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
2010Snr AwardsLow Stroke Ave - US Snr Tr67.96n/a
Couples (USA) won the Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Champions Tour. Nick Price (Zim) was second with 69.09; Bernhard Langer (Ger) was third with 69.18.
2010Snr AwardsRookie of Yr - US Snr Tr$2,344,894see Score
Couples (USA) won the Champions Tour 2010 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished second on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $2,344,894.
2004Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)La Quinta, GC at11 skins$640,000
Played as the Merrill Lynch Skins Game (Nov 27/28). Couples (USA) won with a total of 11 skins worth $640,000; the final three skins (worth $340,000) were only secured after a four-hole sudden-death playoff. Second was Tiger Woods (USA) with 5 skins worth $310,00. Third was Adam Scott (Aus) with 2 skins worth $50,000. Annika Sorenstam (Swe, LPGA Tour) was shut out with no skins. [GC at La Quinta, La Quinta, California; at the time known as Trilogy at La Quinta].
2003Men AmericaHouston OpenHouston, GC of267 (-21)$810,000
Played as the Shell Houston Open (April 24-27). Second-placed Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Stuart Appleby (Aus) and Hank Kuehne (USA) finished 4 shots behind Couples (USA), who claimed his first PGA Tour win in five years. [Member course, GC of Houston, Humble, TX. At the time known as Redstone GC].
2003Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)La Quinta, GC at8 skins$605,000
Played as the ConAgra Foods Skins Game (Nov 29/30). Couples (USA) won with a total of 8 skins worth $605,000. Second was Annika Sörenstam (Swe, LPGA Tour) 5 skins worth $225,000. Third was Phil Mickelson (USA) 5 skins worth $170,000. Mark O'Meara (USA) was shut out with no skins. [GC at La Quinta, La Quinta, California; at the time known as Trilogy at La Quinta].
2001Men AmericaHyundai Matches (PGA Tr)Monarch Beach1 up$100,000
Played as the Hyundai Team Matches (Dec 6-9; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Mark Calcavecchia (USA) & Fred Couples (USA) beat defending champions Tom Lehman (USA) & Duffy Waldorf (USA) by 1 hole in the final of the PGA Tour matches. [Monarch Beach Links, Dana Point, CA].
1999Men AmericaHyundai Matches (PGA Tr)Pelican Hill1 up$100,000
Played as the Diners Club Matches (Dec 11/12; unofficial post-season event involving four two-player teams from each of the LPGA, PGA and Snr PGA Tours; teams compete against other teams from their own tour). Mark Calcavecchia (USA) & Fred Couples (USA) beat Steve Elkington (Aus) & Jeff Maggert (USA) by 1 hole in the final of the PGA Tour matches. [North course, Pelican Hill GC, Newport Beach, CA].
1999Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC184 (-32)$175,000
Played as the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout (Nov 12-14; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Scott McCarron (USA) & Scott Hoch (USA) finished 6 shots behind Fred Couples (USA) & David Duval (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
1999Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)Terra Lago11 skins$635,000
Played as the Skins Game (Nov 27/28; four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Couples (USA) won with a total of 11 skins worth $635,000. Second was defending champion Mark O'Meara (USA) 5 skins worth $245,000. Third was Sergio Garcia (Esp) 2 skins worth $120,000. David Duval (USA) was shut out with no skins. [North course, GC at Terra Lago, Indio, California; at the time known as Landmark GC].
1998Men AmericaDesert ClassicBermuda Dunes CC332 (-28)$414,000
Played as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Jan 14-18). Couples (USA) beat Bruce Lietzke (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; La Quinta CC; PGA West (Palmer Private)].
1998Men AmericaMemorial TournamentMuirfield Village271 (-17)$396,000
Played as The Memorial Tournament (May 28-31). Second-placed Andrew Magee (USA) finished 4 shots behind Couples (USA). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
1996Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass270 (-18)$630,000
Played as The Players Championship (March 28-31). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) and Tommy Tolles (USA) finished 4 shots behind Couples (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
1996Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)Rancho La Quinta CC9 skins$280,000
Played as the Skins Game (Nov 30-Dec 1; four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Defending champion Couples (USA) won with a total of 9 skins worth $280,000. Second was Tom Watson (USA) 7 skins worth $220,000. Third was Tiger Woods (USA) 2 skins worth $40,000. John Daly (USA) was shut out with no skins. [Rancho La Quinta CC, Coachella Valley, California].
1995Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC268 (-20)£75,000
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 19-22; Eurpn Tr season-opener). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Couples (USA). [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
1995Men AsiaJohnnie Walker ClassicOrchard G&CC, Manila277 (-11)£100,000
Played as the Johnnie Walker Classic (Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Nick Price (Zim) finished 2 shots behind Couples (USA). [Palmer course, Orchard G&CC, Dasmarinas, Philippines].
1995Men AmericaJohnnie Walker World Ch'shipTryall Club279 (-5)$550,000
Played as the Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship (Dec 14-17; at the time the world's richest tournament for an elite field of the world's top players). Couples (USA) beat Loren Roberts (USA) and Vijay Singh (Fiji) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].
1995Men AmericaSkins Game (PGA Tr)Bighorn GC7 skins$270,000
Played as the Skins Game (Nov 25/26; four-man PGA Tour unofficial money event). Couples (USA) won with a total of 7 skins worth $270,000. Second was Corey Pavin (USA) 10 skins worth $240,000. Third was Peter Jacobsen (USA) 1 skin worth $30,000. Defending champion Tom Watson (USA) was shut out with no skins. [Mountains course, Bighorn GC, Palm Desert, California].
1994Men AmericaBuick OpenWarwick Hills270 (-18)$198,000
Played as the Buick Open (Aug 4-7). Second-placed Corey Pavin (USA) finished 2 shots behind Couples (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
1994Men AmericaKapalua Intl.Kapalua Resort279 (-13)$180,000
Played as the Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International (Nov 3-6; PGA Tour post-season unofficial money event). Second-placed Bob Gilder (USA) finished shots behind defending champion Couples (USA), who aced the par-3 11th with an 8-iron on his way to victory. [Plantation course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].
1994Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC190 (-26)$150,000
Played as the Franklin Funds Shark Shootout (Nov 18-20; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed Curtis Strange (USA) & Mark O'Meara (USA) finished 2 shots behind the winning team of Fred Couples (USA) & Brad Faxon (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
1994Men AmericaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Dorado Beach265 (-23)$100,000
Played as the World Cup of Golf (individual low score) (Nov 10-13). Second-placed Costantino Rocca (Italy) finished 5 shots behind Fred Couples (USA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Fred Couples & Davis Love III (USA). [East course, Dorado Beach Resort, Puerto Rico].
1993Men AmericaHonda ClassicWeston Hills CC207 (-9)$198,000
Played as the Honda Classic (March 11-14). Couples (USA) beat Robert Gamez (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. A year earlier Couples was runner-up in the Honda Classic, beaten by Corey Pavin at the second playoff hole. [Weston Hills CC, Weston, nr Ft Lauderdale, FL].
1993Men AmericaKapalua Intl.Kapalua Resort274 (-16)$180,000
Played as the Lincoln Mercury Kapalua International (Nov 4-7; PGA Tour post-season unofficial money event). Second-placed Blaine McCallister (USA) finished 4 shots behind Couples (USA). [Plantation course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii; Bay course also used for earlier rounds].
1992Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlBay Hill Club269 (-19)$180,000
Played as The Nestle Invitational (Mar 19-22). Second-placed Gene Sauers (USA) finished 9 shots behind Couples (USA). [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
1992Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.269 (-15)$180,000
Played as the Nissan Los Angeles Open (Feb 27-Mar 1). Couples (USA) beat Davis Love III (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to win this event for the second time in three years. [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1992Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am69.38n/a
Couples (USA) won his second straight PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Nick Price (Zim) was second with 69.61; Ray Floyd (USA) was third with 69.69.
1992Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA Tr69.38n/a
Couples (USA) won his second straight PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Nick Price (Zim) was second with 69.61; Ray Floyd (USA) and Tom Kite (USA) were tied third with 69.69.
1992Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$1,344,188see Score
Couples (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 1992 leading money winner, with earnings of $1,344,188 on the Tour. Davis Love III (USA) was second with $1,191,630; John Cook (USA) was third with $1,165,606.
1992Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Couples (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1992Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA Trxn/a
Couples (USA) won his second straight Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.
1992Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National275 (-13)$270,000
The Masters Tournament (56th) (April 9-12). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time major championship winner Couples (USA). [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1991Men AmericaB.C. OpenEn-Joie GC269 (-15)$144,000
Played as the B.C. Open (Sept 19-22). Second-placed Peter Jacobsen (USA) finished 3 shots behind Couples (USA). [En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY].
1991Men AmericaJohnnie Walker World Ch'shipTryall Club281 (-3)$525,000
Played as the inaugural Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship (Dec 19-22; at the time the world's richest tournament for 26 of the world's top players). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 4 shots behind Couples (USA). [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].
1991Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am69.59n/a
Couples (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Corey Pavin (USA) was second with 69.63; Bruce Lietzke (USA) was third with 69.80.
1991Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA Tr69.59n/a
Couples (USA) won the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Corey Pavin (USA) was second with 69.63; Bruce Lietzke (USA) was third with 69.80.
1991Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA Trxn/a
Couples (USA) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.
1991Men AmericaSt Jude ClassicTPC Southwind269 (-15)$180,000
Played as the Federal Express St Jude Classic (June 27-30). Second-placed Rick Fehr (USA) finished 3 shots behind Couples (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN].
1990Men AmericaChrysler Team Ch'shipBinks Forest CC254 (-34)$90,000
Played as the (last) Sazale Classic (Dec 5-9; PGA Tr post-season two-man unofficial money event; formerly the Chrysler Team Championship). Second-placed Tom Byrum & Curt Byrum (brothers) finished 4 shots behind winning team of Fred Couples & Mike Donald. [Binks Forest CC, Wellington, FL; now called Wellington National GC. Earlier rounds also at Wellington Club; now closed].
1990Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.266 (-18)$180,000
Played as the Nissan Los Angeles Open (Feb 22-25). Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) finished 3 shots behind Couples (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1990Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC182 (-34)$125,000
Played as the RMCC Invitational (Nov 16-18; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Peter Jacobsen (USA) & Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 5 shots behind the winning team of Fred Couples (USA) & Ray Floyd (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
1987Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipTPC Las Colinas266 (-14)$108,000
Played as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic (May 7-10). Couples (USA) beat Mark Calcavecchia (USA) with a par at the third playoff hole. [TPC course, Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, nr Dallas, TX].
1984Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass277 (-11)$144,000
Played as the Tournament Players Championship (Mar 29-Apr 1). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 1 shot behind Couples (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].
1983Men AmericaJCPenney ClassicBardmoor CC264 (-24)$50,000
Played as the JCPenney Mixed Team Classic (Dec 10/11; two-person team event; one PGA Tr, one LPGA Tr). Second placed Lou Hinkle (USA) & Jane Geddes (USA) finished 5 shots behind the winning team of Fred Couples (USA) & Jan Stephenson (Aus). [Bardmoor CC, Largo, FL].
1983Men AmericaKemper OpenCongressional CC287 (-1)$72,000
Played as the Kemper Open (June 2-5). First-time PGA Tour winner Couples (USA) beat Gil Morgan (USA), Tze-chung "T.C." Chen (Taiw) and Scott Simpson (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Barry Jaeckel (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].

 

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