Frederick Steven Couples is an American professional golfer. He has won 64 professional tournaments, most notably the Masters Tournament in 1992. In 1992, Couples became the first American player to reach the number one position in the Official World Golf Rankings. He is sometimes called ‘Mr Skins’ because of his dominance in the Skins Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.
About Fred Couples in brief
Frederick Steven Couples is an American professional golfer. He has won 64 professional tournaments, most notably the Masters Tournament in 1992, and the Players Championship in 1984 and 1996. In August 2011, he won his first senior major at the Senior Players Championship and followed this up in July 2012 when he won the Senior Open Championship. In 1992, Couples became the first American player to reach the number one position in the Official World Golf Rankings. Couples admitted to being self-taught, never taking a lesson and never hiring a swing coach. He is sometimes called ‘Mr Skins’ because of his dominance in the Skins Championship. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. His father was a groundskeeper for the Seattle Parks Department and the family lived in a modest house on Beacon Hill near the city’s Jefferson Park golf course. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Italy and changed the family name from ‘Coppola’ to ‘Couples’ to make it sound less ethnic. His mother was of Croatian descent and his father was of Italian descent. He attended O’Dea High School in Seattle and graduated in 1977. He accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Houston and roomed with Blaine McCallister, another future PGA Tour player, and future CBS television broadcaster Jim Nantz. In addition to his Kemper Open win,. Couples won another fourteen PGA. Tour titles.
Among them were two Players Championships and one major victory, the 1992 Masters Tournament. He also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in each of those years. The U.S. Ryder Cup team five times, in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997. He made 11 appearances in the World Championship Golf Championship, referring to the event as the ‘King of Silly Silly’ Couples has won the event five times, accumulating over USD 3.5 million in skins in the last five years. He won the Masters tournament in 1992 and has been named to the United States Ryder Cup Team five times. His first major win was his first Major Major win in his first year of professional golf. He became the fastest player to earn over $1 million in earnings on the season, as well as the fastest any player had reached that plateau by far by far. His nickname is ‘Boom Boom’ for his long, accurate driving ability off the tee during the prime of his career. His most recent major win came at the 2013 PGA Championship, where he finished in a tie for second place with Scott Simpson and Chen Tze-chung. He shot a final round of 66 to win the tournament by two shots. His last major title was the 2011 PGA Players Championship, which he won in August 2011. He now plays in the PGA Champions Tour. He lives in Florida with his wife and two children. His son, Tom Jr., and daughter, Cindy, are also golfers.