Couples, a Seattle native, won for the first time since the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic in Canada
NAPLES, Fla. – Seattle native Fred Couples won the Chubb Classic on Sunday for his 12th PGA Tour Champions title and first since 2014, rallying to beat Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain at TwinEagles.
The 57-year-old Couples shot a bogey-free, 5-under-par 67 to finish at 16-under 200 on the Talon Course, three strokes ahead of second-round leader Jimenez (71).
“It’s never easy to win a golf tournament,” said Couples, who earned $240,000. “This is a good course. You have to hit a lot of good shots.”
Also the 2010 event winner at The Quarry, Couples won for the first time since the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic in Canada. The Hall of Famer, long hampered by back problems, won 15 times on the PGA Tour — his lone major coming in the 1992 Masters.
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“I felt a little pressure, but I wasn’t under gobs of pressure because you’ve just got to keep making birdies,” said Couples, who missed most of last year with back trouble. “Sometimes when you’re trying to make pars it’s hard to hit really, really quality shots to make pars.”
Couples opened with rounds of 68 and 65. He has broken 70 in all eight of his Tour rounds this season.
“So far this year, I’ve felt way better than I did last year,” Couples said. “I still hate to say it, I don’t feel perfect out there, but right now my swing is good enough that when I’m a little stiff I can get around it.”
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