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Fred Couples
— Golfer â€”

Couples in July 2008
Personal information
Full name Frederick Steven Couples
Nickname Boom Boom
Born (1959-10-03) October 3, 1959 (age 57)
Seattle, Washington
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Newport Beach, California
Spouse Deborah Couples
(m. 1981–1993)
Thais Baker
(m. 1998–2009)
College University of Houston
Turned professional 1980
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1982)
Champions Tour (joined 2010)
Professional wins 63
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 15
European Tour 3
PGA Tour Champions 11
Other 35
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 1992
U.S. Open T3: 1991
The Open Championship T3: 1991, 2005
PGA Championship 2nd: 1990
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 2013 (member page)
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
1991, 1992
PGA Player of the Year 1992
Vardon Trophy 1991, 1992
Byron Nelson Award 1991, 1992
PGA Tour
leading money winner
Byron Nelson Award
(Champions Tour)
2010, 2012, 2013

I will say I love competing, and I was in a great era of playing with young Phil Mickelson and older Greg Norman and Nick Price. I don't know if YA Title could throw the ball these days, but you can play golf for a long, long time.
Fred Couples
I think people like players they can relate to. It seems as if people think they know me. I just think I'm an ordinary Joe who plays golf very, very well.
Fred Couples
I can say I won a Senior British Open at Turnberry. I think that's the best thing about it, the whole week, was playing this course. It's a challenging, very tough course, under extreme weather. But you know, it's nice to win any event.
Fred Couples
Really in all my years on Tour, in the U.S. Open I probably played great golf in two of them, out of maybe 20, so it's a lot of work.
Fred Couples
I left home at 17, traveled. I got married when I was 21. That's a young age. As it turned out, things were fine, then not so fine, and then it was a blunder. That happens all the time.
Fred Couples
My goal has always been to play golf, and play it well. In the end, that's what I am, a golfer. If my back lets me, I'm going to play my favorite places. If I hurt myself, that'll probably be it for a while.
Fred Couples
I used to break a lot of clubs. I probably was a little different than your average junior player. I did have a lot longer hair and a lot more brown hair. But my demeanor, you know, really from maybe my second, third year on Tour, has gotten a lot more even keel.
Fred Couples
I could go away five or six weeks in a row and never touch a club. I would just look at them and say, 'I just don't want to; it's not that important.' And it wasn't that important. Golf – I don't want to answer loosely – I pay a lot of attention to it, but I don't ever really think about it.
Fred Couples
Golf is supposed to be fun, but I don't think anything is fun if you're not doing it reasonably well.
Fred Couples
I'm pretty much a self-taught player. My swing hasn't changed a whole lot, I don't think. But I watch a lot of people.
Fred Couples
I'm not very good in the rain. I don't wear a golf glove.
Golf is a game to me. Other players work extremely hard all year long. I work hard before Augusta. I know I get good results when I practice, but it also wears me out. It literally wore me out even when I was in my 20s.
Fred Couples
My mom was so people-friendly. She was incredible. She'd go to the mall, and she'd talk to everyone. Give people a kiss on the cheek. I think if I wasn't pushed around a lot, I'd be great with people. Maybe I still can be.
Fred Couples
I'm a lot older than I was when I was 30, which is kind of hard to believe.
Fred Couples
I caddied for a guy who was a very good player, and he gave me a set of clubs, just a starter set: 5-iron, 7-iron, 9-iron, putter and driver. I just loved it. How I developed my swing was to just grab a club and start banging balls.
Fred Couples