Fred Couples breaks down during speech at 2013 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Marc Serota

Tears flow for Boom Boom.

Fred Couples has long been known as the coolest golfer on the planet, and he added to that reputation on Monday night with a great speech at the 2013 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

His selection to the HoF prompted some mild controversy and debate, as Couples has just one major championship. Some golf writers argued that he was not getting in on merit but rather on popularity, but it's hard to tell the recent story of golf without mentioning Couples -- perhaps the biggest favorite of his generation among fans and his colleagues.

Couples opened his remarks on Monday with a "Hello, friends", an homage to his former roommate and teammate at Houston. He sailed through the speech but then became emotional as he went for the dismount. "Thanks for taking a kid from Seattle and putting him in the Hall of Fame," he read before choking up and muttering, "This is the coolest night of my life."

via PGATour (emotional ending starts at 5:45 mark)

Couples is usually seen strolling casually around the course, or chatting up everyone on the range -- he spent more time talking to fellow players and caddies last month at Augusta than he did hitting practice balls. The word unflappable is largely an overused meaningless term in sports, but that's always how Couples will be remembered. So it's different, but still cool, to see him overcome and unable to speak.

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