So Happy Together: Fred Couples at Riviera Country Club

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “horses for courses.” For Fred Couples and Riviera Country Club, that is most certainly the case.

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Couples is making his 32nd career start at the Northern Trust Open this week, and although he’s playing on a sponsor’s exemption and has been alive for north of 50 years, that doesn’t mean Couples couldn’t pull off an upset.

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Couples, who currently stars on the Champions Tour, made his debut at Riviera in 1982. Tom Watson defeated Johnny Miller that year in a playoff. Couples finished T-13 along with a fellow named Gene Littler.

Feeling old yet?

This year, Couples is paired with his two captain’s picks from last year’s Presidents Cup: Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson. Simpson is 28 years old and was born three years after Couples made his first start at Riviera. Spieth, the 20 year-old PGA Tour sophomore, was born 16 months after Couples claimed his green jacket at the Masters in 1992.

“Boom-boom,” as Couples is often referenced, has an outstanding record at Riviera. He won the tournament twice in the early 90s and in 31 career starts there has 14 top-10 finishes. Possibly the only place where Couples feels more at home is Augusta National, where he will make his 30th career start this April. There, he has a win, a second, a third and 17 top-15 finishes, including a sixth in 2005 and four straight top-15 or better finishes in a row since turning 50.

Whether or not Couples factors into the decision on Sunday afternoon, it’s Fred’s party at Riviera.

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