There is hardly a golf lover who needs to ask who Fred Couples is. This American golfer has been in the game as a professional since 1980. He has also won more than enough victories to remain relevant and to fight for many trophies and titles.
Speaking of trophies: The Seattle-born golfer won the 1992 Mater Tournament and the 1984 and 1996 Players Championship. He won his first Senior Major at the Senior Players Championship in August 2011, and in his illustrious career, he has won over 62 tournaments, a record that earned him a place in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.
Fred Couples Biography
Fred Couples was born on 3 October 1959 in Seattle, Washington. Thanks to the heritage of his parents, he is of mixed ethnicity; his father, Tom Couples (formerly Coppola) is Italian, and his mother, Violet Couples, is of Croatian descent. Fred and his two siblings, Tom Jr. and Cindy, grew up on Beacon Hill, which happens to be near the city’s Jefferson Park golf course.
And so Fred’s love of the sport was born. It was in this park that Fred, affectionately known as Boom Boom, developed his characteristic swing. Originally it was a way of keeping up with the older children.
Couples attended O’Dea High School in his hometown of Seattle. By the time he graduated in 1977, he had become quite good at this sport, which earned him a golf scholarship to the University of Houston. Here he played for the Houston Cougar’s men’s golf team. While still a student, at the age of 19, Fred, then an amateur player, defeated the experienced PGA Tour veteran Don Bies in a playoff game and won the Washington Open in 1978.
The Beginning of His Professional Career
It took three years after he turned pro before couples could celebrate his first victory on the PGA Tour. This came in the form of the 1983 Kemper Open, where he birdied to win the title in the playoffs after finishing level with Scott Simpson and Chen Tzechung in regular play. This opened the floodgates for the golfer and he won fourteen more titles on the PGA Tour.
His talent earned him further awards, including two PGA Tour Player of the Year titles in 1991 and 1992, during which time he also had the lowest scoring average, a record that also earned him the Vardon Trophy. He has been a member of the United States Ryder Cup team five times, being named a Ryder Cup player for the first time in 1989 and for the last time in 1997.
The golfer also has another record on his bankroll. In 1992 he became the first professional golfer in his country to climb to the top of the official golf world rankings. His red-hot start at the beginning of this PGA Tour kept him at the top of the rankings for 16 consecutive weeks.
Fred Couples continued to earn high revenues and titles on the tour. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his skills at the Skins Games and the Johnnie Walker World Golf Championships. Couples has continued to have a brilliant career, even in the face of back injuries that threatened to derail his career.
Despite his impressive game, Fred put his schedule on hold in 2007 due to health problems – a trend that continued for the next two years. In 2009 he was named US captain for the Presidents Cup. He rewarded the honor by leading them to a decisive victory.
At the 2010 PGA Tour Championships, he almost won his first career event. Despite a great record, he finished second behind Tom Watson. However, he would continue to win his next three starts, making him the first player in Champions Tour history to win three of his first four career events.
The man continued to perform well, finishing second at the 2010 Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. The year ended with him winning the Champions Tour Rookie of the Year award.
His back injuries struck again in 2011 and kept him away most of the season. Nonetheless, he came back after surgery to win the Senior Players Championship, his first major tournament in the senior national team. Couples extended this record when he won the Senior Open Championship the following year. In 2016, persistent back problems would force him to withdraw from the Masters’ tournament for the first time since 1994.
Girlfriend or Wife, Is Fred Married? – His Daughter
Fred was married twice. His first marriage was to a woman named Deborah whom he met at the University of Houston. Their marriage lasted from 1981 to 1993. She later died in 2001. It was ruled a suicide.
The couple married Thais Baker in 1998, but she died of breast cancer on February 17, 2009. Sadly, Fred did not have biological children with either of his wives. However, he has two stepchildren from his previous marriage to Thais. The two children, Gigi and Oliver, were 18 and 16 years old respectively at the time of their mother’s death.
Fred Couples’ House and Net Worth
In 2015, Couples moved to Newport Beach, California. He bought a classy 1971 mansion for a reported fee of $3.4 million. The house boasts a huge 1000-foot garage, a kitchen worthy of a chef, a wrap-around oversized island, a media room, and four bedrooms. After several attempts to sell the house, he finally got a buyer for it in 2017. Former NBA legend, Jerry “The Logo” West took the property off his hands for an unreported fee believed to be in the region of $4.5 – $5 million.
Fred has had a long and profitable career. Since he turned pro, he has never ended a season with a playing revenue of less than $1 million dollars. Put his titles, playing revenue, endorsement deals, and everything else together, and it is not hard to understand his massive net worth. His wealth is valued at $120 million.