By Brian Wacker, PGAOTUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- Davis Love III confirmed on Wednesday perhaps the worst-kept secret in golf: That Fred Couples will be one of his assistant captains at the Ryder Cup Sept. 28-30 at Medinah Country Club.
Joining Couples as an assistant is Mike Hulbert.
“I've talked to Fred a lot since he's done so well the last couple years with the Presidents Cup team,” said Love, who has yet to name his other assistants. “I talked to him a lot, gotten a lot of advice from him, been surprised at his level of detail and his commitment to the Presidents Cup. And I know that's why the guys are lobbying for him to do it over and over again, because he really has put a lot into it.”
Couples has captained the last two Presidents Cup teams -- and is the captain for 2013, too -- and led the U.S. to victory both times.
“People see Freddie, he makes it look so easy and he's got this nice swing and he's always smiling and waving,” Love continued. “But what's going on in his head, I think, is completely different. He really has a lot of pride in his game. It doesn't show, but he tries very, very hard.”
As for Hulbert, he came with a pretty impressive recommendation of sorts.
One of the first calls Love received after he was named captain was from Curtis Strange, who told love that Hulbert was “the best assistant captain in the history of the Ryder Cup.”
Hulbert was an assistant captain under Strange in 2002. He has also long been one of Love’s closest friends, even before Love played his first round on the PGA TOUR as an amateur and was paired with Hulbert.
“He knows a lot of guys out here and a lot of guys know him,” Love said. “He's one of those kind of the favorite hang guys around the TOUR.”
As for Couples’ other two assistants?
”Those two were my natural choices,” Love said. “My next two are going to be harder.”
Fred Couples and Nick Price will serve as captains of the U.S. and International Teams, respectively, for the 2013 Presidents Cup 2013 at Muirfield Village. Price will be a Captain for the first time, while Couples will lead the Americans for the third time.
You thoughts? Will Price be able to lead the Internationals to victory? Will Couples continue to enjoy success? Leave your comments below.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Two-time PLAYERS champion Fred Couples has withdrawn from this year’s event due to an illness.
Couples, who had the flu and withdrew last week from the Insperity Championship on the Champions Tour, as well, gained a spot in the PGA TOUR’s signature event by winning the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship last year.
Couples, who won his seventh Championship Tour event earlier this year, is the 1984 and 1996 winner of THE PLAYERS. He was not replaced in the field because the Constellation Energy Senior Players winner doesn’t count against the 144-man field.
PGA TOUR rookie Brian Harman remains the first alternate.
The pairings have been unveiled for this week’s PGA TOUR Matchups Game on Facebook. You can check out the Matchups for the THE PLAYERS Championship below, or on the PGA TOUR’s Facebook page.
Participants have until 6 a.m. ET Thursday to make their picks. Log on to the PGA TOUR Facebook page and click the Matchups link to make your picks for this week, or to sign up.
|Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson||In dozens of starts, have just one PLAYERS win each|
|Rory McIlroy vs. Rickie Fowler||Rematch of last week's epic playoff at Wells Fargo|
|K.J. Choi vs. Sergio Garcia||Two former champs each won title in a playoff|
|Hunter Mahan vs. Ben Crane||Close friends both have game for TPC Sawgrass|
|Vijay Singh vs. Davis Love III||Love III has two titles here. Singh looking for first.|
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The last time Fred Couples won the Masters was in 1992. He was 32 years old at the time, and created one of Augusta National’s most iconic images when his tee shot miraculously stuck on the slick bank in front of the 12th green.
So if he were to win on Sunday, how would Couples’ victory drought between majors stack up in history? Well, it would be the longest -- by nine years. Here’s a list of the previous longest:
|Henry Cotton||11 years||1937 British Open and 1948 British Open|
|Julius Boros||11 years||1952 U.S. Open and 1963 U.S. Open|
|Ben Crenshaw||11 years||1984 Masters and 1995 Masters|
|Hale Irwin||11 years||1979 U.S. Open and 1990 U.S. Open|
Couples, who won his seventh Champions Tour event two weeks ago, wouldn’t own the record between TOUR wins, though. That would still belong to Ray Floyd – although Couples (at 28 years, 10 months and 3 days) could sneak ahead of Sam Snead if he were to win Sunday.
|Ray Floyd||28 years, 11 months, 20 days||1963 St. Petersburg Open and 1992 Doral-Ryder Open|
|Sam Snead||28 years, 6 months, 17 days||1936 West Virginia Closed Pro-Am and 1965 Greater Greensboro Open|