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Golf | Champions Tour

Fred Couples © Gallo Images

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.

Read the full story on the US Champions Tour website

LEADING FINAL ROUND SCORES

200 - Fred Couples 68 65 67

203 - Miguel Angel Jimenez 65 67 71

205 - Jerry Kelly 68 71 66, Jeff Sluman 68 69 68, Rod Spittle 68 68 69

206 - Scott McCarron 69 70 67, Bernhard Langer 69 68 69, Jerry Smith 69 68 69, Kevin Sutherland 70 63 73

207 - Larry Mize 69 73 65, Mark Brooks 69 71 67, Joe Durant 69 70 68, Tom Byrum 68 70 69, Scott Hoch 67 69 71, Scott Parel 65 71 71

208 - Billy Andrade 68 71 69, Duffy Waldorf 67 71 70, Billy Mayfair 69 69 70, Doug Garwood 65 70 73

209 - David Toms 71 71 67, Jeff Maggert 72 68 69, Wes Short Jr. 70 69 70, Colin Montgomerie 71 67 71, Kenny Perry 71 67 71



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