One of the best aspects of golf is the fact that no matter how old you are, you can still compete with the best of the best. One PGA TOUR legend, however, looks like he’s going to stay away from competing with the young stars.
Making a rare appearance on the PGA TOUR this week, Fred Couples teed off at the Safeway Open. Typically sticking to the Senior Tour, Couples will occasionally step back onto the pro circuit for select tournaments. But Couples had to admit this week that he’s running out of time on his playing career and this could be his last PGA TOUR appearance outside of The Masters.
“I don’t want to say this is my last PGA TOUR event, but I’m planning on this being my last PGA TOUR event besides Augusta,” Couples said. “I really like this course. It’s not 9,000 yards long so at least I can get it around. I feel good. If I was playing a lot on the Champions Tour and came out here, I think I could play well on this course. So now, I have to do everything pretty well to probably make the cut.”
Fred Couples walks off the second tee during the second round of the Ally Challenge presented by McLaren at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Clubon September 15, 2018 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
One of the factors that might be getting to Couples is his lingering injury problems. He has dealt with a lot of back issues throughout his entire career. Those back issues crept back up this season as he only made six appearances on the Senior Tour and played a select few tournaments on the PGA TOUR. And since he just turned 59 this week, Freddy’s back problems are only getting worse.
If this really is it for Couples it will mark an unbelievable career on the PGA TOUR. Couples won 15 times on the PGA TOUR and added 13 more in the Senior Tour. He also won The Masters once and finished in the top five in every other major. On top of all that, he has been a constant fan favorite that will be missed around the game.
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Even though Couples may be hanging up his bag, he always seems to be in contention at The Masters. And since he’s going to keep playing Augusta, we can all hope he pulls off one more victory for the record books.
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