Date of birth: October 3, 1959
Place of birth: Seattle, Washington
Nickname: "Boom Boom" for his booming drives. Also sometimes called "Freddie Cool" because of his easygoing temperament.
Champions Tour: 8
The Masters: 1992
Awards and Honors:
PGA Player of the Year, 1992
PGA Tour Player of the Year, 1991, 1992
Vardon Trophy (low scoring average), 1991, 1992
PGA Tour money leader, 1992
Member, U.S. Ryder Cup team, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997
Member, U.S. Presidents Cup team, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2005
Captain, U.S. Presidents Cup team, 2009, 2011
After the introduction of golf's first world rankings, Couples was the first American to be ranked No. 1.
Couples does not wear a golf glove during play.
Fred Couples Biography:
Couples turned pro in 1980, and his first win on the PGA Tour arrived at the 1983 Kemper Open, where he survived a 5-man playoff.
As the 1990s arrived, Couples emerged into the fullness of his game. He won twice in 1991, and three times in 1992, sharing the Tour lead both years. He was voted PGA Tour Player of the Year by his peers both years; in 1992, he was the No. 1-ranked player in the world for several months.
That was also the year of his lone major championship at The Masters - and he was interviewed afterward by his old roomie, Nantz, on the CBS telecast.
Unfortunately, Couples also developed back problems during this period of his career, problems that were sometimes severe and always with him, and that would limit his play and often his effectiveness throughout the remainder of his career.
Still, Couples had more wins in him. Teaming with good friend Davis Love III, he won four straight World Cup of Golf titles. In 1996, he became the first repeat Players Championship victor at TPC Sawgrass.
He won twice in 1998, and won the 2003 Shell Houston Open, his last PGA Tour victory. In 2010, Couples began playing the Champions Tour. His first win on the senior tour came in his second start at the Ace Group Classic.
Outside of his tournament life, Couples has gotten into course design. He hosts a benefit tournament in Seattle yearly, and works with the Millie Medlin Violet Sobich Couples Fund, set up in memory of his mother.
Golf Digest described Couples' swing this way in 1996: "The distinguishing characteristics of Couples' swing are fluidity, rhythm and balance. Sometimes it's hard to believe that a swing so seemingly effortless can produce such long drives."
His exceptional tempo makes his instructional video, Fred Couples on Tempo (compare prices), a popular title.
Couples was voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame (Class of 2013) on the PGA Tour ballot, a selection announced in September 2012.