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.
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