Fred Couples claims first victory since 2014

By The Sports Xchange
United States Team captain Fred Couples sits with the Presidents Cup UPI/Brian Kersey
United States Team captain Fred Couples sits with the Presidents Cup UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

For the first time in 2 1/2 years, Fred Couples posted a PGA Tour Champions victory.

Firing a bogey-free, 5-under-par 67 on Sunday in the final round at TwinEagles Golf Club' Talon Course in Naples, Fla., Couples emerged with a three-shot win in the Chubb Classic.


Couples finished at 16-under 200 for the three-round events. Miguel Angel Jimenez, who was on top after two rounds, closed with a 71 to take second place at 203.

Jerry Kelly (final-round 66), Jeff Sluman (68) and Canada's Rod Spittle (69) shared third place at 205.

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In a tie for sixth place at 206 were Scott McCarron (67), Jerry Smith (69), Germany's Bernhard Langer (69) and Kevin Sutherland (73).

Six players, including Larry Mize, wound up tied for 10th at 207.

Couples earned his 12th Champions title, his first since the Shaw Charity Classic in August 2014. He also won the Naples event in 2010 when it was called the Ace Group Classic and was played at The Quarry. The 57-year-old Seattle native won 15 times on the PGA Tour, with his only major championship coming at the 1992 Masters.


Last year, Couples appeared just three times on the Champions tour, finishing in the top 25 each time and winding up as runner-up in the Chubb Classic behind Langer, who won for the third time.

Jimenez was on top by one stroke entering play Sunday but gave that shot away with a bogey on the first hole. Couples birdied the second hole, then added to his lead with birdies at No. 6 and No. 8.

Jimenez carded three birdies before closing with a bogey at No. 18. Couples birdied No. 14 and No. 17.

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