20 Sep 2012

Couples to go into Hall of Fame

11:24 am on 20 September 2012

Former Masters champion Fred Couples, a 15-times winner on the PGA Tour who is one of the most laid-back figures in the game, has been voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013.

The 52-year-old American, whose selection in the Hall of Fame's PGA Tour category was announced today, will be inducted on May 6th at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.

Couples, who is known for his languid swing and his prodigious length off the tee which earned him the nickname 'Boom Boom', won his only major title at the 1992 Masters.

The first American player to reach number one in the official world rankings, he also clinched the prestigious Players Championship in 1984 and 1996, an event widely regarded as the unofficial fifth major.

A veteran of five Ryder Cups, Couples captained the triumphant US Presidents Cup teams in 2009 and 2011. He also has eight wins on the Champions Tour for players aged over 50.