May 31, 2012; Dublin, OH, USA: Fred Couples reacts after hitting an approach shot at the fourteenth hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
The Seattle native receives the honor of being elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Seattle Washington native Fred Couples has been elected to join the World Golf Hall of Fame, though just barely, according to USA Today.
Couples has only one major title to his credit, far less than many of the members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was elected with a record-low 51 percent of the ballot, while the ordinary minimum for election is 65 percent. Nevertheless a clause in the voting rules notes that if no one gets the minimum, the leading vote-getter is chosen as long as they received a minimum of 50 percent.
A 15 time winner on the PGA Tour, Couples owns two Players Championship titles and a 1992 victory at the Masters. He played in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup five times apiece, and will captain the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup for the third time this year.
Couples was very gracious with his selection:
"There are other people in the Hall of Fame that are maybe good players. But good is a good thing," Couples said from Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. "I've been good at it for a long time, and I hope to continue to play a few more years."
Couples, 52, is a staple on the Champions Tour, where he has two senior major championships to his name. He plays a few PGA TOUR events a year.
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