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Couples to enter Hall of Fame

20th September 2012, 12:30pm

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Fred Couples: Hall of fame honour

Fred Couples: Hall of fame honour

Former Masters champion Fred Couples will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

The 52-year-old - who claimed victory in the Senior Open Championship at Turnberry in July - won the Masters in 1992 and has 15 wins in total on the PGA Tour.

One of the most popular and laid-back figures in the American game, his selection in the Hall of Fame's PGA Tour category was announced on Wednesday.

Couples, renowned for his languid swing and length off the tee which saw him nicknamed 'Boom Boom', was the first American player to reach number one in the official world rankings.

He also represented his country as a player in five Ryder Cup matches and has captained America to victory in the last two Presidents Cup contests in 2009 and 2011.

"What a great day for me," Couples told reporters at East Lake Golf Club on the eve of the Tour Championship. "I guess I won a popularity vote here.

"For me, it's truly an honour. I hope a lot of people - I don't want to say respect my game - but understand that to be in the Hall of Fame you've got to be a very, very good player.

"I don't consider myself to be a great player, but I think I've been a very good player. I've played great at times."

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem added: "Fred Couples is one of those unique players whose talent and accomplishments are Hall of Fame calibre, as are his personality and popularity.

"He has been a fan favourite for decades, thanks to not only his significant achievements on the golf course, but also because of his relatable, friendly demeanour that has connected him to fans around the world."

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