Fred Couples fights off elite field to win Chubb Classic

Fred Couples won the Chubb Classic on Sunday for his 12th PGA TOUR Champions title and first since 2014, rallying to beat Miguel Angel Jimenez at TwinEagles.

The 57-year-old Couples shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to finish at 16-under 200 on the Talon Course, three strokes ahead of second-round leader Jimenez.

“Like for anyone, it feels great,” said Couples, who moved to No 1 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. “It was a tough day, but it really feels good to play well. … It’s never easy to win a golf tournament. This is a good course. You have to hit a lot of good shots. I think I hit quite a few.”

Also the 2010 event winner at The Quarry, Couples won for the first time since the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic in Alberta. The World Golf Hall of Famer, long hampered by back problems, won 15 times on the PGA TOUR – his lone major coming in the 1992 Masters.

“I felt a little pressure but I wasn’t under gobs of pressure because you’ve got to just keep making birdies,” Couples said. “Sometimes when you’re trying to make pars it’s hard to hit really, really quality shots. Out here, you’re trying to birdie as many holes as you can.”

Couples had three birdies on the front nine, and matched Jimenez’s birdies on the par-4 14th and par-5 17th. Jimenez, a stroke ahead of playing partners Couples and Kevin Sutherland entering the round, shot a 71. The 53-year-old Spaniard bogeyed the par-4 18th.

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