Woods, Singh ousted in match play

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Australian Nick O'Hern led the upset parade by ousting Tiger Woods Friday at the WSG World Match Play Championship.

Favorites advance in match play

CARLSBAD, Neb., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson all advanced past the first round Thursday at the rain-delayed WGC Match Play Championship.

Ogilvie leads Hope Classic

LA QUINTA, Calif., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Joe Ogilvie, seeking his first win on the PGA Tour, grabbed a three-shot lead Thursday after 36 holes of the five-round Bob Hope Classic.

Funk shares first-round lead at Hope

LA QUINTA, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Fred Funk, who at age 48 is coming off his third straight $2 million season, shared the first-round lead Wednesday at the Bob Hope Classic.

Woods shares lead in event he hosts

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods, who recently won his first stroke-play tournament of the year, shared the lead Thursday after one round of the Target World Challenge.

Couples wins another Skins Game

LA QUINTA, Calif., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Fred Couples took advantage of a Tiger Woods mistake on the fourth playoff hole Sunday to win The Skins Game with $640,000.

U.S. wins UBS Cup for the third time

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- The United States got 7 1/2 points in Sunday's singles matches to win the UBS Cup with a 14-10 victory over the Rest of the World Team.

United States in lead at UBS Cup

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The United States won four points in Saturday's fourball format Saturday for a 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 lead over the Rest of the World after day two of the UBS Cup.

Kite's miss leaves Americans trailing

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A missed five-foot putt on the 18th hole by Tom Kite Friday allowed the Rest of the World squad to take a one-point lead after one day of the UBS Cup.

Kite, Funk added to U.S. UBS Cup team

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Tom Kite and Fred Funk were added Tuesday to the U.S. team to compete in the UBS Cup golf matches next month.

Singh officially becomes world's No. 1

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Vijay Singh officially became the world's top-ranked golfer Tuesday, replacing Tiger Woods, who had held the honor for more than five years.

Back ailment forces Couples to withdraw

KOHLER, Wis., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Fred Couples Wednesday became the latest big name to withdraw from the PGA Championship because of injury.

Woods' world rank lead less than 1 point

PHILADELPHIA, July 26 (UPI) -- Top-rated Tiger Woods now leads Ernie Els by less than one point in the world golf rankings.

Roberts has one-shot lead at Buick Classic

HARRISON, N.Y., June 12 (UPI) -- Loren Roberts, who turns 49 next month, fired the best round of the day with a 7-under-par 64 Saturday to take the 54-hole lead at the Buick Classic.

Couples leads Buick Classic

HARRISON, N.Y., June 11 (UPI) -- Fred Couples rocketed to the lead at the Buick Classic Friday, firing a bogey-free 6-under-par 65 at Westchester Country Club.
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Fred Couples
American golfer Fred Couples drives the ball on the final practice day at the 2005 British Open golf championship on the old course of St.Andrews on Wednesday 13 July 2005. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Frederick Steven Couples (born October 3, 1959) is an American professional golfer who competes on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. A former World No. 1, he has won numerous events, most notably the 1992 Masters Tournament.

Couples was born in Seattle, Washington, to Tom and Violet (Sobich) Couples. Fred's paternal grandparents had immigrated from Italy, and changed the family name from "Coppola" to "Couples" to make it sound less ethnic. His mother is of Croatian descent. His father was a groundskeeper for the Seattle Parks Department and the family, which included brother Tom, Jr., and sister Cindy, lived in a modest house on Beacon Hill. Nearby was the city's Jefferson Park golf course, where Fred developed his signature loose, rhythmic swing in order to gain enough distance to keep up with the older kids. Couples attended O'Dea High School in Seattle and the University of Houston, where, as a member of the Houston Cougars men's golf team, he roomed with Blaine McCallister, another future PGA Tour player, and future CBS television broadcaster Jim Nantz. His first PGA Tour victory came at the 1983 Kemper Open. He has amassed 15 total PGA Tour victories, including The Players Championship twice (in 1984 and 1996) and one major victory, The Masters Tournament in 1992.

Couples has been named the PGA Tour Player of the Year twice, in 1991 and 1992. He also won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average each of those years. He has been named to the United States Ryder Cup team five times (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997).

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