AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – Ponce de Leon gets credit for discovering the fountain of youth.
Fred Couples will take Augusta National.
The 57-year-old Couples is ageless at Augusta where he’s in contention again, sitting just three strokes off the lead after shooting a 2-under par 70 in the springtime breezes Friday.
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Check out Couples reacting to his approach shot slowly rolling back down the slope on the 18th green, his arms open wide, his face tilting to the sky as his ball cozied up to the cup, setting up a short birdie putt to send him off to dinner (probably another big bowl of rigatoni, Freddie guessed).
It left Couples at 1-under par through two rounds and paired with Jon Rahm in a late tee time Saturday.
“I’ll take 1 under (here) every stinking time,” Couples said.
Can Couples win on the 25th anniversary of his 1992 victory here?
“I’m a competitor, so I like to believe in myself,” Couples said. “I like to think that I’ve had a lot of good finishes here, and my goal is to keep fighting with these guys.
“But tomorrow, it’s a tough day. And I’m not thinking winning this tournament, but I’m thinking continuing to play well and see what happens.
“There were a couple of times where I was first or second a few years ago. And going into Saturday, yeah, you think that. I was playing with Jason Day and struggled a little bit on Saturday.
“I’m not going to be thinking about winning the tournament until Sunday or the back nine on Sunday. But I’ve got a long way to go before I worry about that.”