Surreal because Couples is often the top choice in surveys that ask the question, "With which golfer would you most like to play 18 holes?
" Familiar because the outward normalcy and lack of pretension that make him so easy to like created instant comfort.
Says Golf Digest/Golf World Senior Writer Bob Verdi, a sports columnist at The Chicago Tribune for the past 30 years: "All I know is that whenever top guys from every other sport care about golf at all, the guy they all want to know about and meet is Fred."Couples is hard-wired to be embarrassed by such singling out, and being asked about it is likely to start him on one of his trademark stream-of-consciousness rambles that usually leaves the questioner too puzzled to follow up.
Very Fred."You know, I would never not tell some guy ' Nice shot' just to bypass him," offers Couples, employing the odd word choice that helps make his sentences inimitable.
"Even with a guy who annoys me a little but not a lot, I might not talk as much, but I'll still say, ' Nice shot.' "Of course, Couples also happens to be supremely gifted.
After finishing O’Dea High School, Couples won a scholarship to study at University of Houston, and played in the Houston Cougars golf team, after which he joined the US PGA tour in 1980.
In 1983 Fred won his first victory, in the Kemper Open, and over the next 25 years, Couples won another fourteen PGA Tour titles, including two Players Championships in 19, although only one of the majors, the 1992 Masters Tournament.
Unfortunately he was runner-up US Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship, but Fred won Senior Players Championship in 2011 and The British Senior Open Championship in 2012; these of course had a huge impact on the growth of Fred Couples’ net worth.
What is more, Fred was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Fred continued to show his impressive skills while playing and had won many tournaments, including three on the European Tour, and particularly in match play, even becoming known as ‘Mr. Addionally, Fred Couples has been named in the US Ryder Cup team five times, which of course added to Fred’s net worth.
In 2010 Fred Couples started to play on the (Senior) Champion Tour, winning the Tour Rookie of the Year award, as he won such events as Cap Cana Championship, The ACE Group Classis and Toshiba Classic.
Not surprisingly, Couples wasn't bothered by my flared tee shots and fatted irons, and after the odd good one, he'd offer a "Nice shot" in the same nasal tone that I'd heard him use to compliment Phil Mickelson during their final-round duel at the 2006 Masters.