Senior British Open 2012: Fred Couples' Win Couldn't Be More Satisfying

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Senior British Open 2012: Fred Couples' Win Couldn't Be More Satisfying
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Fred Couples waited long enough.

He won the 2012 Senior British Open on Sunday with Gary Hallberg two strokes behind. The now-Champions Tour competitor triumphed in just one PGA Tour major in his career, which occurred all the way back in the 1992 Masters. While the Senior British Open isn’t a PGA Tournament, that doesn’t make Couples’ victory any less satisfying.

Sure, the former World No. 1 didn’t technically end a major drought this weekend. He won the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in 2011. But the thing is, the Senior Players Championship is the only major that isn’t co-sanctioned with the European Seniors Tour. Because of that, the tournament’s prestige pales in comparison to the Senior British Open.

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The result is especially gratifying because the British Open had eluded Couples so many times throughout his PGA career. He finished in the tournament’s top 10 a whopping nine times as well as four in the top five. Talk about getting a monkey off your back.

The Associated Press reported that the 52-year-old golfer talked about his performance after the event. He said (via Los Angeles Times):

I've never won an Open Championship, so this is the next best thing. And I believe I now get into the [British] Open at Muirfield next year, which is great. It was a fun day out there…It's my biggest senior tour win by far on a truly great golf course. I can now say I won the Senior British Open at Turnberry in really challenging weather.

Yet another tally in the win-column marked Couples’ eighth Championship Tour victory since he began in 2010. With so many triumphs in just three years of action, the one-time PGA force looks like he’s determined to stay on top in the world of golf.

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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