By AP — Fred Couples for years was the one Masters champion who failed to participate in one of many many traditions at Augusta National, primarily as a result of he did not comprehend it existed.
Dating to the primary winner in 1934, each champion has donated a club that was utilized in his Masters victory, beginning with Horton Smith’s putter. The exception was Gene Sarazen, who donated the golf ball used for his well-known albatross on the fifteenth gap in 1935.
“I had no clue,” Couples stated Wednesday.
Couples realised this solely a few week in the past when he was studying an electronic mail in regards to the Masters and the way he was described as the one champion to not give a club to Augusta National.
Not anymore. He discovered the persimmons driver — a MacGregor M85 mannequin — at dwelling in Palm Springs, California, and introduced it to the Masters. He had it on the follow vary the place Rory McIlroy and others gave it a curious look.
“Guys were laughing,” Couples stated. “I think they were laughing because they think I won in 1970, not 1992.”
The trophy show has the sand wedge Larry Mize used to chip in from 140 toes in a playoff on the eleventh gap to beat Greg Norman. It has the metallic driver Tiger Woods utilized in 1997 when he overpowered Augusta National to win by a report 12 pictures.
“If you said right now, ‘For $5 million, walk me into where these clubs are,’ I don’t even know where these clubs are,” Couples stated. “Otherwise, 10, 12, 15, 18 years ago, I would have brought a club.”
It in all probability would not have been his driver.
His ’92 victory is known for one shot. On the par-3 twelfth gap within the closing spherical, Couples’ tee shot got here up brief and was trickling down the financial institution towards Rae’s Creek when it mysteriously held on the financial institution.
He chipped up to three toes for par and was on his approach.
But which wedge?
“I don’t remember what kind it was,” he stated. “I think it was an old Wilson, and I have that, but I didn’t want to bring that because I wasn’t sure.”
He was sure it was the proper driver he introduced to Augusta National as a result of he stored that in a secure place. Couples stated he used that persimmons driver the remainder of that 12 months.
Starting with the 1993 season, he says he misplaced a wager to a buddy at TaylorMade and used the metallic driver, and he used one from then on.
Either approach, the gathering is now full, though Couples misplaced his personal footnote in historical past.
“Maybe that would be a good thing to be known for — the only guy to not give a club,” he stated.
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