Couples Wins at The Woodlands
Slow and steady wins the race, right? Or maybe a better phrase for Fred Couples should be "cool, calm, and collected". As stated on PGATour.com, Couples shot one of the calmest 9-under 63's you will ever see en route to capturing the title at The Woodlands. His final round masterpiece gave Couples more than enough room to eventually win the title by seven strokes. US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin finished second despite leading the tournament on the 1oth tee.
In fact, Couples actually trailed Pavin by two shots entering the back nine on Sunday. Cool Calm Freddy responded by shooting 7-under in his final eight holes to eventually win the tournament.... almost at will.
Couples birdied Nos. 11 and 12 to tie Pavin, then made a long eagle putt on the par-5 13th. After Couples' eagle, Pavin made a bogey, missing a 7-foot putt.
"That was something," Couples said. "I played well yesterday and I felt I'd play well today. I assumed one of us (in lead threesome) would win. To be honest, I hit the ball well and made a lot of putts and it all added up to a 63."
Couples moved two more shots ahead on the next hole with another birdie and Pavin's bogey.
Couples also birdied Nos. 16 and 18.