Masters 2012: Fred Couples' Experience Will Keep Him in Contention

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 6, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 06:  Fred Couples of the United States gestures after sinking a birdie putt on 15th hole during the second round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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After shocking most people with a great second round at the Masters, Fred Couples will remain in contention throughout the weekend.

The 52-year old had seven birdies to shoot a 67 to put him at the top of the leaderboard.

With the amount of experience that the veteran has at Augusta, the younger golfers should be scared.

Couples first competed in the Masters in 1983. Since then he has 27 appearances, 11 top-10 finishes and a victory in 1992.

Despite no longer competing in the other majors, he will gladly return to this one as long as his body will allow him.

“I could talk about Augusta all day long because anyone who has ever been there goes there and flips out. It’s my favorite week. I hope I feel decent to play another four or five years where I can go out and play because it’s that much fun."

He might not have the ability to strike the ball as some of the other competitors, but his knowledge of the course will work to his advantage.

After 30 years, Couples knows the speed of all of the fairways and the slope of all the greens.

On a day like today—cold air and heavy wind—experiences means just as much as ability.

Veteran players that know how to get their ball through tough conditions will do better than those who simply hit it hard.

There is still a lot of golf to be played in this tournament, but the second day is where the separation begins.

If Couples can continue hitting accurate shots, and maybe get a little luck, he will be leaving this weekend with his second green jacket.