52 Facts About Fred Couples


Frederick Steven Couples was born on October 3,1959 and is an American professional golfer who has competed on the PGA Tour and the PGA Tour Champions.

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Fred Couples was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Fred Couples was born in Seattle, Washington, to Tom and Violet Fred Couples.

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Fred Couples's father was a groundskeeper for the Seattle Parks Department and the family, which included brother Tom Jr.

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Fred Couples admitted to being self-taught, never taking a lesson and never hiring a swing coach.

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Fred Couples attended O'Dea High School in Seattle and graduated in 1977.

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Fred Couples accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Houston.

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Fred Couples was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year twice, in 1991 and 1992.

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Fred Couples won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in each of those years.

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Fred Couples has been named to the United States Ryder Cup team five times, in 1989,1991,1993,1995 and 1997.

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In 1992, Fred Couples became the first American player to reach the number one position in the Official World Golf Rankings.

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Fred Couples spent 16 weeks at number 1, after one of the hottest ever starts to a season by a PGA Tour player.

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Fred Couples is sometimes called "Mr Skins" because of his dominance in the Skins Game.

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Fred Couples has nine top-10 finishes in the Open Championship, including tying for third in 1991 at Royal Birkdale, shooting a last round 64, and again tying for third in 2005 at St Andrews.

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Fred Couples won two prestigious European Tour events, the Dubai Desert Classic and the Johnnie Walker Classic, in back-to-back weeks in 1995.

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Fred Couples finished runner-up in three European Tour events in his career: the 1989 BMW International Open, the 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic, and the 1997 Heineken Classic.

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Fred Couples finished runner-up on the Australasian Tour's 1988 Johnnie Walker Australian Classic, Japan Golf Tour's prestigious 1993 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament, and the Asian Tour's 2005 SK Telecom Open.

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Fred Couples's swing features an extreme shoulder turn at the top, which, combined with the fact that he keeps his left foot flat on the ground throughout the backswing, puts a lot of pressure on his lower back.

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Fred Couples's competitiveness in the tournament was an encouraging sign for his career.

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In 2004, Fred Couples won the Dunhill Links Championship Team Event at St Andrews, partnered by New Zealand amateur Craig Heatley.

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In 2005 Fred Couples sank a crucial putt in the Presidents Cup, securing an unlikely 1-up victory over the International team's best player, Vijay Singh.

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Fred Couples has now played Singh three times in Presidents Cup match play, and has yet to lose.

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Fred Couples was sidelined for virtually the entire 2007 season because of health problems.

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Fred Couples nearly won the Shell Houston Open but bogeyed the last three holes and finished third behind Paul Casey.

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Fred Couples hurt his back practicing for the RBC Canadian Open and had to withdraw.

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Fred Couples was named as Presidents Cup captain for the 2009 United States team on February 26,2008, and led the US team to a decisive victory nineteen months later.

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Fred Couples dropped back with 75 in the third round and finished tied for twelfth.

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Fred Couples is one of the few professional golfers who never plays with a glove.

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Fred Couples made his debut on the Champions Tour at the opening event of the 2010 season, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.

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Fred Couples nearly won the tournament, finishing second to Tom Watson.

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Fred Couples won his next three starts, The ACE Group Classic, the Toshiba Classic and the Cap Cana Championship, becoming the first player in Champions Tour history to win three of his first four career events.

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Fred Couples made another run at the 2010 Masters Tournament but finished 6th.

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Fred Couples finished second in the 2010 Senior PGA Championship.

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Fred Couples had a one-shot lead after 55 holes, but disaster struck on the par 5 2nd hole.

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Fred Couples's lay-up shot was effective, but his 3rd shot landed in the water.

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Fred Couples finished the hole with a triple bogey; his one-shot lead became a 3 shot deficit.

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Fred Couples played solidly for the rest of the round, but could not catch up to Langer.

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Fred Couples earned a 4th win at the Administaff Small Business Classic.

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Fred Couples won the Champions Tour Rookie of the Year award in 2010.

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Fred Couples was sidelined for most of the 2011 season because of his stubborn back problems.

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Fred Couples won his first major tournament on the senior circuit by defeating John Cook, on the third hole of a sudden death play-off, capturing the Senior Players Championship.

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In July 2012, Fred Couples won his second senior major championship when he won The Senior Open Championship at Turnberry.

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Fred Couples came from a stroke back to win by two over Gary Hallberg.

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Fred Couples made a 25-foot putt for birdie on the last hole to hold off Hallberg, for a round of three under 68 on Sunday.

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In 2016, Fred Couples was forced to forgo the Masters Tournament for the first time since 1994, citing ongoing back problems, which have plagued him throughout his career.

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Fred Couples currently takes the supplement Anatabloc and is a brand ambassador for the anti-inflammatory neutraceutical containing anatabine.

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Fred Couples wears the brand logo on his left arm of his golf shirts.

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Fred Couples' estranged second wife, Thais Baker, died from breast cancer on February 17,2009.

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Fred Couples married his long time girlfriend, Suzanne Hannemann, on February 22,2022.

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Fred Couples, a self-proclaimed "Sports Junkie, " is a member of the Seattle Seahawks 12th Man.

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Fred Couples raised the 12th Man flag prior to the Seahawks Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints on December 2,2013.

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Fred Couples is good friends with Michael Jordan and named him one of his assistant coaches when he coached the President's Cup in 2011.

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