If there is one golfer who epitomizes the word “cool,” it could only be Fred Couples. With a swing as easy and relaxed as his personality, Couples has become somewhat of a cult figure in the world of golf.

After starring at the University of Houston, Couples made his way onto the PGA Tour and won his first event in 1983 in a five-man playoff. He went on to win 14 more times, including the 1992 Masters. On the 12th hole during the final round, Couples hit his tee shot short of the green and the ball started rolling down the bank towards the water. Somehow, the ball came to a stop – something it never does. It was later revealed that the person assigned to mow the bank that morning neglected to do so. His good friend, CBS anchorman Jim Nantz (with whom he roomed at Houston), conducted the emotional post-round interview in the Butler Cabin.

Couples is also unfortunately known for having a balky back, which has resulted in him missing numerous tournaments. When it cooperates, he is still able to compete with the best of them, as his 13 wins on PGA Tour Champions attests.

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