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Golf legend Fred Couples brings his complete passion and love of his sport to your event. His beloved persona in addition to his impressive career, make him a powerful choice to promote your golf course or project.
Even though he has been away from golf’s big stage for a while, Fred is still often the top choice in surveys that ask the question: “With which golfer would you like to play 18 holes?” His class and genuine manner have made him a fan favorite. Regarding Fred, Tiger Woods once said, “The way he treated me when I played practice rounds with him as an amateur, I’ll never forget. He can be hilarious rambling about nothing, or he can just stand there and make people feel good.”
In the past Fred has made golf clothing hip as the public face of Ashworth Golf Footwear & Apparel. His participation has helped raise millions of dollars for charities. He has also combined forces with accomplished landscape designer Gene Bates to raise the bar in golf course design, creating the finest signature courses of this century.
If you want people to associate your project or event with class and integrity, Fred Couples is an outstanding choice as a speaker or visitor.
Fred Couples’ name is synonymous with golf in the modern era. His ability as a world-class player keeps his name in the public spotlight. Whether he is sinking a ten-foot ‘money putt’ in the Skins Game or making an appearance at your site, Fred is one of the most popular figures in golf today.
In addition to site visits during construction and appearances at the grand opening ceremonies, the sheer marketing power of his name, nickname and physical presence will make a phenomenal impact on your project.
Because of his success as a player, Fred transposes his unchallenged knowledge of golf strategy to golf course design. Fred′s exceptional playing ability and success in the game has allowed him to experience the great golf courses of the world. Through his relationship with renowned designer Gene Bates, he can now bring his imaginative design solutions to reality.
Fred has made a commitment that if his name is associated with the design and marketing of a course, he will personally apply his design philosophy and strategy throughout the creative process. To Fred Couples, a signature course is a blend of design, integrity and reputation. Fred Couples and Gene Bates are an unbeatable combination of world-class player and accomplished course designer, working together to create a new level of golf course design.
PGA Tour Victories
International Tour Victories
In addition, Fred Couples has been a member of four Ryder Cup teams in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1995. He also secured victories for his country in the 1994 and 1996 Presidents Cups. Over his career, Couples has been given many honors, including the Vardon Trophy for 1991-1992 and the Arnold Palmer Award in 1992. Couples has had fourteen PGA tour victories, including the 1983 Kemper Open, the 1984 Players Championship, the 1987 Byron Nelson Classic, the 1990 Nissan Los Angeles Open, the 1991 Federal Express St. Jude Classic, the 1991 B.C. Open, the 1992 Nissan Los Angeles Open, the 1992 Nestle Invitational, the 1992 Masters, the 1993 Honda Classic, the 1994 Buick Open, the 1996 Players Championship, the 1998 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the 1998 Memorial.
Fred Couples has also achieved international victories in the 1991 Jonnie Walker World Championship, the 1994 World Cup (Individual), the 1995 Dubai Desert Classic, the 1995 Jonnie Walker Classic and the 1995 Jonnie Walker World Championship.
Fred Couples recounts the humble tale of how he got hooked on golf and went from being the son of a Seattle groundskeeper to a Hall of Fame professional golfer. “I caddied for a friend of my brother’s, Steve Dallas, and by caddying for him, he gave me a set of clubs,” narrates Fred. “And when I say caddying, let me rephrase that. I pushed his trolley; I didn’t carry his clubs. I was nine-years-old. I didn’t even know what I was doing. We were baseball people. My brother was a baseball player, my father was a baseball player, and at nine I didn’t know what I was going to be, but I knew it wasn’t a caddy.”
He describes the simple set of clubs Dallas gave him that made such an impact on his life. “There was a little canvas bag, I’m sure I’m not the only one in the world who got one of these from some supermarket. It was a plastic driver, a five, seven, and nine, and a putter. And I fell in love with the game. I went up to Jefferson Park and played everyday.”
Fred Couples talks about what Texas means to him and how legendary golf coach Dave Williams of the University of Houston phoned his childhood home frequently prompting a surprise move to Houston and a monumental change in the course of his life. “I remember a long time ago when I was 17-years-old and Coach Williams called, I don’t know how he got the number to where my parents lived, but he got the number,” Fred recalls, detailing that the coach would call every Sunday and speak with his mother. “I very rarely talked to him. I didn’t know what to say, I didn’t know who he was, I didn’t know much about Houston, and my mom came in one day and said, ‘Son you’re going to Houston.’ And what a good move it was for me.”
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