TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 27: Fred Couples of the United States in action during the second round of the Senior Open Championship played over the Ailsa course, Turnberry on July 27, 2012 in Turnberry, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Fred Couples never won a British Open while playing solely on the PGA Tour, so his win Sunday at the Senior British Open helped fill a void on his career resume.
Fred Couples won the 2012 Senior British Open by two strokes on Sunday over Gary Hallberg after holing a 25-foot putt to finish with consecutive birdies.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, fired a 3-under-par 67 in his final round at Turnberry to finish at 9-under for the tournament and to record his first victory in Britain. Couples expressed his excitement for the win following his round.
"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," Couples said. "It was a fun day out there. Bernhard [Langer] and I were neck and neck for a long time. Then I saw Gary [Hallberg] had birdied the 17th to draw level, so I knew I needed to birdie 17. I hit a couple of great shots down 17 and two-putted for birdie, then the hole got in the way for my birdie putt at 18.
"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."
Couples still plays on both the PGA and Champions tours throughout the year, choosing to play most major championships on either tour depending on his health. A myriad of back problems tend to keep the veteran off the course for many tournaments throughout the year.