Anyone else notice Fred Couples finished T5 at the Wyndham Championship? He fired stellar rounds of 66-66-67-67, 14-under. There’s never been a question he can still play (well, that is, if his back isn’t acting up) at his ripe age of 49.
He’s my childhood hero. In fact, he inspired me to take up golf. The first lesson I ever took was at Jefferson Park, where he played as a kid. Also, the first post on my blog is a video of him acing the 13th hole at TPC Sawgrass in 2006 — I thought it was a fitting way to start things.
Freddie is one cool guy. Talk about someone who has a relaxed attitude. He strolls around the course like it’s a good walk spoiled. He has a great sense of humor and speaks his mind freely. In other words, he just says it like it is. Everyone — fans and players — love and respect him.
In an interview with the USGA at the Byron Nelson Classic, he was asked, “Why is Sahalee a good fit for the US Senior Open?” He responded, “I think it can hold any tournament, it’s had a PGA and now it’ll have a Senior Open. I’m sure they’ll go back and hopefully I won’t be dead by the time they go back again.”
Freddie is the 2009 President’s Cup captain and honorary chairman of the 2010 Senior Men’s Open. Someone needs to step up as golf’s next ambassador, and in my opinion, he’s the perfect man for the job.