Fred Couples elected to World Golf Hall of Fame
Fred Couples is heading to the Hall of Fame. One of the most popular players in the history of the PGA Tour, Couples has won 15 PGA Tour titles, including the 1992 Masters. He has also won eight titles on the Champions Tour. He played on five Ryder Cup and five Presidents Cup teams. Next year he will serve as captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team for the third time.
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"I am honored by my selection to the World Golf Hall of Fame," Couples said. "It is humbling to have received the votes and to be included in a group of such legendary players."
Couples, 52, received 51 percent of the vote from the selection committee, one percent more than the 50-percent threshold for induction. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced the news in a press conference on Wednesday at East Lake Country Club, site of this week's Tour Championship.
"Fred Couples is one of those unique players whose talent and accomplishments are Hall-of-Fame caliber, as are his personality and popularity," said Finchem. "He has been a fan favorite for decades, thanks to not only his significant achievements on the golf course, but also because of his relatable, friendly demeanor that has connected him to fans around the world. Congratulations to Fred on this incredible honor."
Couples will be inducted in May of 2013 during the week of the Players Championship.
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