By Miles Liatos Sports Radio KJR
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Fred Couples said he didn’t know if he would ever play in the PGA Tour. He just wanted to play golf.
Little did Couples know he would go on to win fifteen PGA Tour titles, including a Masters Championship in 1992.
But Couples was bestowed with the “highest honor” in golf, of being inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame Monday. CBS Sports Golf Commentator Jim Nantz, who roomed with Couples in college, introduced Couples before he came to the podium.
Couples choked up during multiple occasions, including the conclusion when he expressed gratitude for his Hall of Fame induction.
“Thanks for taking a kid from Seattle and putting him in the Hall of Fame,” he said. “This is the coolest night of my life.”
Couples went to O’Dea High School before receiving a golf scholarship to play at the University of Houston. However, his real passion for golf started when he was 14 years old. He was able to participate in a golf clinic, where “An unbelievable PGA Tour player,” named Lee Trevino was playing.
“I was staring at him, and after a couple hours when I went back I wasn’t really the person who said, ‘That’s what I want to do, I’m going to be a PGA Tour player,’ but I knew I wanted to really, really get involved in golf,” Couples said.
Couples, at 18, would qualify for the US Open at Inverness Club in Ohio. He was paired with Trevino. Couples was nervous to be working with the legendary PGA golfer, who would win 29 PGA Tour championships, including six majors.
“He’s an unbelievable real buddy of mine, even though he’s much older, much better, much everything,” Couples said.
The Seattle native didn’t just “get involved” in golf. He became a golf Hall of Famer.