As other contenders tried to climb up the leaderboard Saturday, Fred Couples was hoping to get back to where he began the third round. The 1992 Masters Tournament champion had to rebound from a double bogey on the par-5 eighth and responded by closing strongly to finish with even-par 72 and remain at 5-under as he continued to battle back pain.
Fred Couples, the sockless and ageless one, will look back at his 26th Masters Tournament and not shake his head over what could have been on Sunday.
It's been said that things begin going downhill after a person turns 50.
Fred Couples twisted one way, then the other, wincing as he tried to loosen up his aching back. It's moments like this that make the 50-year-old feel twice his age.
The new, fan-friendly Tiger Woods played a lot like the old one in his return to competitive golf Thursday at the Masters Tournament.
COUPLES TREADS LIGHTLY: Thousands of patrons followed Tiger Woods and Fred Couples around Augusta National Golf Club on Monday as the two former Masters Tournament champions practiced together. While most of the attention went to Woods in his first public appearance on a golf course in more than four months, a few discerning patrons zeroed in on Couples' shoes.
Fred Couples is again playing well going into the Masters Tournament. Couples, who turned 50 on Oct. 3 and won three of his four Champions Tour starts, wishes being a factor at Augusta were that simple.
Fred Couples provided more information on the practice round at Augusta National Golf Club he has scheduled Monday with Tiger Woods, who is making his comeback at the Masters Tournament.
Tiger Woods has one practice-round partner lined up as he prepares for his comeback to golf at the Masters Tournament in April.
"You don't ever get a break like that."
Fred Couples was 10 feet away from Masters Tournament history Friday, and he knew it.
Fred Couples' consecutive cut streak at the Masters Tournament was in danger last year.
Take a good look at Fred Couples this weekend in the Masters Tournament. You might not see him again this season.
Fred Couples hasn't been enjoying his season, if you can call it that. The 1992 Masters Tournament champion loves playing the early season West Coast events. They give him the kind of confidence and preparation he needs leading into the Florida Swing and his favorite event, the Masters.
The golf axiom, "Drive for show, putt for dough," never was truer than in the final round of the 70th Masters Tournament. Just ask Tiger Woods and Fred Couples.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Fred Couples was tied for the lead and chasing Masters history when he stood above a little 4-foot birdie putt at the second hole.
Fred Couples left the Champions Locker Room and hurried to his courtesy car waiting in Founders Circle.
Fred Couples has conjured up the old magic at the Masters Tournament. The 46-year-old former champion said Friday's parlor act felt like "11 hours of golf."
Firethorn lived up to its name Friday. The 15th hole at Augusta National Golf Club was a barb under the fingernails of the world's best golfers in the second round of the Masters Tournament.
Fred Couples is long enough to win at the elongated Augusta National Golf Club.
Fred Couples doesn't seem like a Toby Keith kind of country music fan, but Keith's recent hit single could be Couples' new mantra.