Fred Couples shot a 68 on Friday putting himself in prime position heading into the weekend. The Seattle native started the day at 1 under and turned in a solid performance, ending in a tie for 7th place at -5. This weekend Couples will attempt to become the oldest player in history to win the masters at 51 years of age.
Fred is currently 5 shots back of the leader Rory McIlroy and in definite striking distance of first place going into round three. His second round performance proved he is capable of making a serious run in the final two rounds, and that he might still have a little bit of magic up his sleeve.
Couples went into the Masters with many questions surrounding his ailing back. He put those concerns to rest Friday with a stellar performance at Augusta National.
With nearly 30 years of age on many competitors, Couples proved that experience is often irreplaceable. He put together one of the best rounds out of anyone playing Friday and proved that his is still a force to be reckoned with.
He was the only Senior player to make the cut after the 2nd round and outplayed numerous younger golfers along the way. If he can keep this pace up, his chances of contending for the jacket look very favorable moving ahead.
In 1986 Jack Nicklaus won the Masters at the age of 46, he made a miraculous Sunday run to capture the title in one of the most memorable rounds of all time. Many consider 86 as the greatest Masters ever played, as Nicklaus turned back the clock and showed flashes of his old self as he stoically marched to victory.
Couples will try to do the same this weekend and become the oldest player in history to win the tournament. He certainly looked like the Fred Couples of old on Friday as he birdied 5 out of 18 holes and turned in only one bogey the entire round. He drove the ball efficiently, instituted a solid short game, and putted effectively en route to a stellar overall performance.
Augusta has produced many magical moments over the years and Couples will attempt to create one more of his own this weekend. He won the tournament in 1992 and will try to do it again nearly 20 years later. It would be very special to see Fred still in the hunt on Sunday, with a chance once again of winning at the Masters.
He’ll need to turn in another magnificent performance on Saturday however, and also hope his back can hold up through the weekend. But if he can play as well as he did on Friday he’ll be right there.
Fred Couples will attempt to make history this weekend and prove that age is not a factor. With all of the 18 to 24 year olds in the field it would be truly spectacular for 51 year old Freddy to walk away with the jacket.