Persons' shots in water lift Couples

July 01, 1991

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Fred Couples, capitalizing on Peter Persons' two shots into the water on consecutive holes, went on to a three-stroke victory yesterday in the $1 million Federal Express St. Jude Classic.

Couples followed Persons' adversity with birdies at Nos. 12 and 14 to pull away from the field and tie the Tournament Players Club at Southwind 72-hole course record set last year by Tom Kite with a 15-under-par 269 total.

"I feel like I played a good round of golf. I kept the ball in play and made a few putts when I had to," said Couples, who earned $180,000. "I went out and played like it was the first round, and it feels great."

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