Freddie Couples: Dangerous and Nifty at Fifty

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2010

He made it look way too easy.

He toyed with the field, then blew it away. Looked effortless, but he'd tell you different.

He joins a list that includes Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player.

That's major company for golf's self-admitted couch potato, Freddie Couples.

Give Freddie a TV remote and a host of sports events on the tube and he's in heaven.

He's found another heaven on earth and it's the Champions Tour, the PGA Tour's version of the AARP.

Couples won so very easily Sunday in Newport Beach, his kinda place.

He let some fellas get a glimpse of him then promptly smashed a drive, then feathered a high six-iron into the par five 15th, made eagle, and bid adios to the rest of the guys.

Three events equals two wins and a second in Champions Tour math for Couples. Nicklaus and the others won two of their first three as well.

He's simply too good at this level.

And he's fun to watch.

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The heck with Tiger, who cares, let's see what Freddie's up to.

"I spoke to Jay Haas and I knew I'd have opportunities out here," Couples said after Sunday's win.

Opportunities?

How about a potential monopoly?

He's treating his elders like this is just another silly season event.

And the fans love him.

It's always been that way.

Forget Sara Lee—NOBODY doesn't like Freddie Couples.