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July 1, 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.
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By From Sun staff and news services | February 22, 2009
Mickelson leads by four in L.A. after 9-under 62 golf Phil Mickelson was in contention for the first time all year and wanted to make sure he stayed there. Moments after signing his scorecard after the second round - which was nine shots worse than his opening round - he called Butch Harmon in Las Vegas and asked whether he could meet him on the range yesterday morning at Riviera Country Club. The work paid off in the PGA Northern Trust Open. Mickelson made four straight birdies in the final hour of the third round to pull away from a strong leader board with a 9-under-par 62, topping the personal best at Riviera he had set two days earlier and building a four-shot lead going into the final round.
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | May 9, 2000
IRVING, TEXAS - Two former tournament champions, Ernie Els and Fred Couples, withdrew from the GTE Byron Nelson Classic yesterday, both citing back injuries. Els, who ranks seventh on the PGA Tour money list, won the 1995 Nelson. Couples won the event in 1987. Els told tournament officials that his injury surfaced Sunday during the final round at the Compaq Classic of New Orleans, where he closed with a 73 and finished in a tie for 50th. Els, who has earned $1,292,715 in PGA Tour events this season, said he was unsure how long he would be sidelined.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN REPORTER | November 22, 2005
The sign that Fred Funk had arrived among the world's elite golfers came when he won the prestigious Players Championship earlier this year in his adopted hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at age 48, becoming the oldest winner in the history of what is considered the PGA Tour's fifth major. Along with the $1.44 million first-prize check and a five-year exemption to all tour events, Funk also received an automatic berth to play in the Merrill Lynch Skins Game. The two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 13, 1992
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Fred Couples won the Masters yesterday in a world that makes no sense.Dogs read books. Rivers run uphill. Politicians are clean.A world that makes no sense. None at all.A world in which the principles of gravity do not apply.Fred Couples won the Masters yesterday because Isaac Newton got it wrong."An absolutely unbelievable thing," Couples said.He hit a ball that belonged in the water in front of the green on the par-3 12th hole at Augusta National. It landed on the bank and began rolling down the closely-mowed slope.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1998
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He was once considered among the game's best players, an 11-time winner who validated his burgeoning stardom with a dramatic victory at the 1993 PGA Championship and a key role in the U.S. win in the Ryder Cup later that year.But that was before cancer nearly took Paul Azinger's life. Though he ultimately regained his health, the lymphoma in his right shoulder took away his nerve and drive and almost all of his success. Since returning to the tour in 1995, Azinger has not been close to winning another major.
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November 4, 1991
The frustration is over for Craig Stadler.Without a PGA Tour victoru in seven seasons, Stadler ended the drought with a birdie on the second playoff hole yesterday to beat Russ Cochran in the season-ending Tour Championship."
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By New York Times News Service | November 30, 1992
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Payne Stewart put $220,000 worth o salve on an otherwise poor year yesterday by winning his second consecutive Skins Game in sudden death.In a format where opportunism is everything, Stewart made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, worth $120,000, to edge Fred Couples, who already had won $210,000.On that hole, the 171-yard, par-3 17th at the Bighorn Golf Club, all four players hit excellent tee shots, with Tom Kite the farthest from the pin at eight feet and Stewart the closest at three feet.
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March 9, 1992
MIAMI -- Ray Floyd yesterday turned back the young man he calls the best player in the world today and tied a longevity record set by one of golf's all-time greats.Floyd, 49, held off Fred Couples for a two-stroke victory in the Doral Open and joined Sam Snead as the only man to win PGA Tour titles in four decades.Floyd's triumph, secured when Couples became entangled in trash far to the right of the 18th fairway, was his first since 1986 and the 22nd of a career that began in 1963.Snead won tournaments from the 1930s through the 1960s.
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July 8, 1991
LEMONT, Ill. -- Add the name of Russ Cochran, the Centel Western Open winner, to the list of shark-shooters.It was not the single shot of Bob Tway or Larry Mize, or the last-hole heroics of Robert Gamez or David Frost, but Cochran's triumph over Greg Norman on a windy day was equally dramatic and every bit as much of an upset.Cochran, one of the few left-handers on the PGA Tour, made up seven shots on Norman over the last eight holes yesterday and scored the first victory of his nine-year career with a closing 69 and a 275 total.
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | May 9, 2000
IRVING, TEXAS - Two former tournament champions, Ernie Els and Fred Couples, withdrew from the GTE Byron Nelson Classic yesterday, both citing back injuries. Els, who ranks seventh on the PGA Tour money list, won the 1995 Nelson. Couples won the event in 1987. Els told tournament officials that his injury surfaced Sunday during the final round at the Compaq Classic of New Orleans, where he closed with a 73 and finished in a tie for 50th. Els, who has earned $1,292,715 in PGA Tour events this season, said he was unsure how long he would be sidelined.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | August 17, 1999
MEDINAH, Ill. -- In announcing his two captain's picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team yesterday at Medinah Country Club, Ben Crenshaw chose blue-collar players he believes care more about the outcome than the income involved in golf's most prestigious team event.The expected choice was Tom Lehman, who has not taken a week off since the end of May in hopes of making his third Ryder Cup team. The less obvious pick was Steve Pate, who will get a second chance after being injured for most of his first.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1998
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He was once considered among the game's best players, an 11-time winner who validated his burgeoning stardom with a dramatic victory at the 1993 PGA Championship and a key role in the U.S. win in the Ryder Cup later that year.But that was before cancer nearly took Paul Azinger's life. Though he ultimately regained his health, the lymphoma in his right shoulder took away his nerve and drive and almost all of his success. Since returning to the tour in 1995, Azinger has not been close to winning another major.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The 62nd Masters took on the feeling of a high school reunion yesterday. There was the injury-hampered middle-aged guy talking about what happened here six years ago. There was the young guy talking about what happened last year -- and what might happen today.And there was the middle-aged guy talking about a conversation he had with his caddie about what the old guy had done by shooting even-par 72 in the opening round. "He said to me, 'Just hang in there, but you've got to start playing a little better if you want to beat this guy,' " Fred Couples said.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 10, 1993
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Lee Trevino, who hustled nickels long before he became a champion, once said that the only real pressure in golf was looking at a $20 putt with $10 in your pocket.Fred Couples isn't quite to that point, but when he told reporters the other day that he had started having migraine headaches, no one had to ask why.All the golfers on tour are under various pressures to produce. Couples makes them look like pikers.The other golfers want to win. Hope to win. Couples has no choice.
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By New York Times News Service | November 30, 1992
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Payne Stewart put $220,000 worth o salve on an otherwise poor year yesterday by winning his second consecutive Skins Game in sudden death.In a format where opportunism is everything, Stewart made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, worth $120,000, to edge Fred Couples, who already had won $210,000.On that hole, the 171-yard, par-3 17th at the Bighorn Golf Club, all four players hit excellent tee shots, with Tom Kite the farthest from the pin at eight feet and Stewart the closest at three feet.
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By Blaine Newnham and Blaine Newnham,Seattle Times | April 19, 1992
SEATTLE -- Last May, the O'Dea High School golf team here arrived for the state tournament at the Mint Valley Golf Course in Longview. There waiting for the players were five dozen new golf balls and a note saying "good luck" from Fred Couples.The odd odyssey of Fred Couples: From winning the state championship for O'Dea to winning the Masters, from the lonely two-block walk to Jefferson Park from his home on Beacon Hill to the two-block stroll up the 18th fairway of Augusta National with the world watching.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1998
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The 62nd Masters took on the feeling of a high school reunion yesterday. There was the injury-hampered middle-aged guy talking about what happened here six years ago. There was the young guy talking about what happened last year -- and what might happen today.And there was the middle-aged guy talking about a conversation he had with his caddie about what the old guy had done by shooting even-par 72 in the opening round. "He said to me, 'Just hang in there, but you've got to start playing a little better if you want to beat this guy,' " Fred Couples said.
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By Blaine Newnham and Blaine Newnham,Seattle Times | April 19, 1992
SEATTLE -- Last May, the O'Dea High School golf team here arrived for the state tournament at the Mint Valley Golf Course in Longview. There waiting for the players were five dozen new golf balls and a note saying "good luck" from Fred Couples.The odd odyssey of Fred Couples: From winning the state championship for O'Dea to winning the Masters, from the lonely two-block walk to Jefferson Park from his home on Beacon Hill to the two-block stroll up the 18th fairway of Augusta National with the world watching.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 13, 1992
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Fred Couples won the Masters yesterday in a world that makes no sense.Dogs read books. Rivers run uphill. Politicians are clean.A world that makes no sense. None at all.A world in which the principles of gravity do not apply.Fred Couples won the Masters yesterday because Isaac Newton got it wrong."An absolutely unbelievable thing," Couples said.He hit a ball that belonged in the water in front of the green on the par-3 12th hole at Augusta National. It landed on the bank and began rolling down the closely-mowed slope.
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