Couples wins second Champions Tour title

Fred CouplesAMERICAN Fred Couples has won his second straight Champions Tour title with Australia’s Peter Senior again in the top 15.

Couples shot a final round six under 65 for a four stroke victory in the Toshiba Classic at the Newport Beach Country Club in California whilst a five birdie front nine helped Senior to a 67.

Both golfers are in their rookie years in the lucrative 50 and over tour.

Couples won the ACE Group Classic on February 14 in Florida and finished second behind Tom Watson in the season-opening event in Hawaii.

“In a good way I am full of confidence in my game,” Couples (66 64 65) said. “I talked to Jay Haas a long time ago and when you are 50 you are the youngest guy out here and if you are a good player like I think I am, I thought I would have some opportunities to win out here.”

Couples finished the tournament 18 under, with Ronnie Black (65) second on14 under, Tom Lehman (69) and Chien Soon Lu (69) tied for third at 12 under, and Watson (62) and Loren Roberts (68) following at 11 under.

Senior (71 68 67) finished at 7 under. He was 11th at the ACE Group Classic, his first Champions Tour event.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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