Couples Wins by Coupling his Game
Coupled with two eagles and consecutive birdies on the 11th & 12th holes of the final round, Fred Couples took the Administaff Small Business Classic with a commanding lead…a tournament record 29 on the back nine, to finish 9 under par with a score of 63. The closest competitor, Mark Wiebe, finished with a 71. Rarely does The Woodlands County Club’s Tournament Course see such superb golf, given its degree of difficulty.
Also being University of Houston alumni, I’ve followed Fred Couples’ career since he played for the Coogs in the late 70’s. With most of his wins coming in the 1990’s, it’s good to see Couples get back into the ‘swing of things.’ Since joining the Champions Tour this year, he’s won an impressive four tournaments: The ACE Group Classic, Toshiba Classic, Cap Cana Championship, in addition to the Administaff Small Business Classic. What’s even more impressive is that he’s over a half-century old (celebrating his 51st birthday on October 3rd), and has been plagued with back problems throughout his career. Sometimes referred to as “Mr. Smooth” because of his smooth swing, apparently his swing has contributed to his back issues according to Wikipedia. An extreme shoulder turn at the top, ‘coupled’ with keeping his left foot flat on the ground throughout the backswing, puts a lot of pressure on his lower back. Well Couples apparently put the back problems to rest, as his game didn’t indicate any discomfort. A great weekend in The Woodlands…beautiful weather ‘coupled’ with a great round of golf by Fred Couples.
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