12 Things You Didn't Know About Fred Couples

How well do you know the former world number one and 1992 Masters champion?

12 Things You Didn't Know About Fred Couples
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12 Things You Didn't Know About Fred Couples

With his silky swing and 1992 Masters (opens in new tab) win, American Fred Couples will be in the field for the tournament taking place at Augusta National. No doubt one of the most popular players around, we take a look at 12 facts about him you may or may not already know.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Fred Couples

1. Couples was born in Seattle, Washington after his paternal grandparents emigrated from Italy. They changed their family name from Coppola to Couples.

2. Couples attended the University of Houston and played on the golf team there.

3. His nickname is 'Boom Boom' thanks to his length off the tee.

4. His sole Major Championship win came at the 1992 Masters (opens in new tab). He has also finished in the top-3 in the other three Majors.

5. He was inducted into the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

Fred Couples


6. He has spent a grand total of 16 weeks as the world's number one male golfer and he was the first American to do so after the rankings were introduced.

7. He is one of the rare players not to use a glove.

8. After knocking his first tee shot into the water at the famous island green 17th at TPC Sawgrass, Couples re-teed it up and managed to slam dunk it into the hole for par. It still is one of the most memorable moments in Players Championship history.

9. Couples for several seasons used a women's driver as his 3-wood. It had once belonged to Tom Watson's wife and he refitted the shaft to fit his game.

10. One of his roommates at college was broadcaster Jim Nantz. At college Nantz used to pretend he was commentating on The Masters and would pretend to interview Couples after his imaginary victory. Indeed they would do the real thing in 1992.

Couples and Nantz

Jim and Fred after the 1992 Masters (Getty Images)

11. He is an avid gardener after learning from his grandfather who worked at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

12. From 1992 to 1995, he teamed up with Davis Love III to win four straight World Cup of Golf tournaments. Interestingly he also had Joe LaCava on his bag for a long time, who now carries the bag for Tiger Woods. 

Sam Tremlett
Sam Tremlett

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6