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PGA Tour Sleeper: Fred Couples

Posted By High Fade On Mar 28 2011 @ 1:08 pm In PGA | 1 Comment

Couples relaxed demeanor and carefree attitude on the golf course has always endeared him to golf fans and players alike.  For this reason, he is one of the most popular golfers on tour, garnering attention everywhere he goes.

Following a successful PGA Tour career of 15 PGA Tour titles including the 1992 Masters, Couples transitioned to the Champions Tour in 2010.  To no surprise, Couples experienced immediate success, winning 3 out of his first 4 tournaments, finishing the season as Champions Tour Rookie of the Year.

As a result, Couples continues to play sparingly on the PGA Tour, in many respects to keep an eye on the players vying for a position on his 2011 US Presidents Cup team, as well as the desire to capture one more PGA Tour title from the likes of his younger compadres.

Confidence certainly goes a long way when it comes to winning and Couples is not short on that.  Much of his confidence can be attributed to his leadership as the 2009 US Presidents Cup captain, coupled (no pun intended) with the success from the 2010 Champions Tour.  Least not forget Couples recent stellar play, where he was one stroke off the lead heading into the 4th round of the 2011 Northern Trust Open before falling out of contention with a final round 74.

Fortunately, this week’s Shell Houston Open looks like another great opportunity for Couples, as he won this tournament in 2003 and since then has two top 10 finishes at this event.  Couples typically plays the Shell Houston Open as a tune up for the Masters and with previous success on his side, Couples looks like a great sleeper pick for his 16th PGA Tour title.

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