Date: September 20, 2012
Author: Golf Australia

Couples gets Hall of Fame nod

One of golf&aposs most popular players, former World Number 1 and 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples has been elevated to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Couples, who won 15 times on the PGA Tour and owns 55 career wins described himself as a good player, but not a great player, despite exceptional performances. Also among his 15 wins on the Tour are two at the daunting TPC Sawgrass layout for The Players Championship where he famously finished eagle-birdie-par in 1996 on one of the tougher closing stretches in golf. A five-time Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup representative, Couples captained the American team to victory at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in 2011 and will continue in that role in 2013 – his third outing as captain. “There are other people in the Hall of Fame that are maybe good players. But good is a good thing,” Couples told a press conference from Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. “I&aposve been good at it for a long time, and I hope to continue to play a few more years.” At the 2011 Emirates Australian Open at The Lakes, Couples finished in a tie for 15th at 5-under par. He also played the Open in 1998 and 2010. Results from the International ballot in addition to who is selected from the Veteran&aposs category and Lifetime Achievement are yet to be announced. The induction will be held on May 6 2013 during the week of The Players Championship. The voters consist of international golf and sports media, Hall of Fame members, golf and sports historians and dignitaries from each of the major golf organisations.