Fred Couples and the US Senior Open
Learning to golf growing up, Fred Couples was the player I watched the most. Seattle’s native son, he electrified us all by winning the 1992 Masters, and I remember clipping articles about him to take to summer golf lessons where I tried (and failed) to emulate his velvety-smooth swing.
This week I had the opportunity to get to Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, WA, not to golf, but to watch the world’s greatest golfers aged 50 and over compete in the U.S. Senior Open. No cameras are allowed on the tournament days of Thursday through Sunday, but during practice rounds they are, so of course I had to go snap some photos of my favorite player.
Freddie just joined the senior tour this year after turning 50, and like a lot of “new” seniors with the advantage of relative youthfulness, won three early-season tournaments. He’s the betting favorite this week on home soil, and an even-par first round has him tied for ninth with another fan favorite, Tom Watson.
[UPDATE: Couples and Watson posted their second consecutive even-par rounds to sit three shots back of the leader Bernhard Langer, who won the Senior British Open just last week in Scotland. Shaping up to be an exciting weekend…]
[UPDATE II: A smoking round of 5-under, low round of the tourney, has Couples tied with Langer at the top of the leaderboard, five strokes ahead of anyone else. The champ should come from this pairing tomorrow!]
[UPDATE III: Alas! A triple-bogey on the second hole made for a mostly unsuspenseful final round, and the two-shot deficit coming to the 18th hole was too much for Fred Couples to overcome. Congrats to Bernhard Langer for the immense feat of winning two majors in the span of two weeks (and in two such disparate time zones!). My boy Freddie will have many more chances down the road.]