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Fred Couples

  • Sport: Golf
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

One of the most consistent and well-known players in golf, Fred Couples is a former Masters Champion, winning the event in 1992. The win pushed him to the top of the official World Rankings, making him the first American to eclipse that honor. Couples is also a master at the Skins Game, which he has won five times, most recently in 2004.

Couples was born in Seattle to Tom and Violet Coppola, who later changed the family.s name to Couples. Couples went on to attend the University of Houston, where he roomed with future PGA Tour member Blaine McCallister and CBS television announcer Jim Nantz.

Couples broke onto the scene in the PGA tour with a win at the 1983 Kemper Open. It was the first of 15 tour victories for Couples, who ended up winning the Players Championship on two occasions (1984 and .96). Other honors for Couples include being the PGA Player of the Year in 1991 and .92 while having the lowest score average in each of those years.

Perhaps the Masters is where Couples shines the brightest. In 23 appearances at Augusta, Couples has never missed the cut. In 2006, Couples made a Sunday run, challenging Phil Mickelson for the green jacket before falling short in a third-place tie. In all, Couples has recorded 25 top-10 finishes at major events, including 10 top-10 finishes at the Masters.

Couples joins Gene Sarazen, Ken Venturi and Donna Caponi as the only golfers to be inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.