Golf Legend Fred Couples Named to World Golf Hall of Fame

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    Sept. 19, 2012

    HOUSTON - University of Houston golf legend Fred Couples received one of his sport's highest honors Wednesday when he was named to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

    Couples will be inducted during induction ceremonies on May 6, 2013 at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. The event will start THE PLAYERS Championship week. Couples won two PLAYERS Championships in 1984 and again in 1996.

    As a professional, Couples earned more than $22 million while winning 15 PGA TOUR events. With his win at the 1992 Masters, Couples became the first American player to reach No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. During the early 1990s, he was named the PGA TOUR Player of the Year and received the Vardon Trophy in 1991 and 1992.

    Couples' brilliance extended into international competition as well. He competed on five Ryder Cup teams and led the American team to victory in 1991 and 1993. In 2012, he will serve as an assistant captain for the U.S. Team.

    Since turning 50 in 2009, he has won eight times on the Champions Tour, including major championships at the 2011 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship and the 2012 Senior Open Championship.

    As a Cougar, Couples lettered at the University from 1977 to 1980. During that time, he won the 1977 individual title and led the Cougars to two Southwest Conference team championships. He also competed in three NCAA Championships and tied for 18th at the 1980 event.

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