What's Buzzing:

Devil Ball Golf

Fred Couples picks up first Senior British Open title at Turnberry

Jonathan Wall
Devil Ball Golf

View photo

.

Fred Couples / Getty Images

It took Fred Couples 28 years, but on Sunday afternoon at Turnberry's Ailsa Course, he finally hoisted his first Claret Jug, capping off his round with back-to-back birdies over the final two holes, including a 25-footer on the 18th, to win by two over Gary Hallberg.

"It's my biggest senior tour win by far on a truly great golf course," Couples said after his round. "I can now say I won the Senior British Open at Turnberry in really challenging weather."

Sure, Couples' British Open title has the word "Senior" attached to it, but it's still a major nonetheless -- and one the 52-year-old well certainly remember. After going into the weekend at even par, six shots back of the lead, Couples made his move on Saturday, shooting 6-under 64 to jump into contention. He followed up the second lowest round of the week with four birdies over his final nine holes on Sunday to win his second major title in the last two years.

It was an impressive performance from Couples, who's finished inside the top-15 at the Masters in the last three years. Recently, the big question regarding his major championship chances rested on the health of his back, and how it would hold up over four days.

Couples' back not only held up under wet and cool conditions at Turnberry, he actually played his best golf over the weekend, and looked incredibly fresh during the final round.

There will likely be talk about Couples using a long putter, anchored against his body, to win, but honestly, it's a non-issue until one of golf's major governing bodies decides to crack down on the flatstick.

For now, the big story here is that one of the biggest names on the senior circuit picked up his first Claret Jug, and booked a spot in next year's British Open field at Muirfield. Those are two storylines any golf fan can get behind.

View Comments (12)
  • Platini appeal against six year ban heard at CAS

    Platini appeal against six year ban heard at CAS

    By Brian Homewood LAUSANNE (Reuters) - Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini's appeal against his six-year ban football was being heard at sport's highest tribunal on Friday with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter among the witnesses. Platini, … More »

    Reuters - 1 minute 55 seconds ago
  • Ranieri to get 5 million pound bonus if Leicester win title - report

    Ranieri to get 5 million pound bonus if Leicester win title - report

    (Reuters) - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will earn a five million pound bonus if his team win the Premier League title, the Times reported on Friday. Italian Ranieri also has a separate clause in his contract that guarantees him 100,000 … More »

    Reuters - 20 minutes ago
  • Lance Armstrong asks U.S. judge for summary judgment in lawsuit

    Lance Armstrong asks U.S. judge for summary judgment in lawsuit

    Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has asked a U.S. judge to decide a more than $100 million lawsuit against him by the federal government without holding a jury trial. The motion seeking a summary judgment in Washington's U.S. District Court is … More »

    Reuters - 25 minutes ago
  • Michel Platini arrives at CAS to fight 6-year ban by FIFA

    Michel Platini arrives at CAS to fight 6-year ban by FIFA

    Michel Platini has begun his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban from football by FIFA over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter. The UEFA President did not speak with reporters Friday arriving for an 8 a.m. … More »

    AP - Sports - 25 minutes ago
  • Tottenham's Alli banned for rest of season

    Tottenham's Alli banned for rest of season

    Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will miss the rest of the season after he was give a three-match ban for violent conduct by the Football Association on Thursday. The 20-year-old, voted the PFA Young Player of the Year last weekend after a … More »

    Reuters - 35 minutes ago