After being sidelined for all but one event in 2016 with recurring back problems, Fred Couples has been playing well and getting back into to form to start the 2017 PGA Tour Champions season.
First was his second place finish in Hawaii in January to Bernhard Langer. Then, after a couple of weeks off for the Tour to resume in Florida, Couples had three rounds in the 60s and tied for T6 at the Allianz Championship.
But, on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Chubb Classic, he looked like the Freddie of 20 years ago smoking the Twin Eagles Golf Club in Naples, FL with eight birdies and an eagle on his way to a 65 and the clubhouse lead. Here was Freddie at 17:
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) February 18, 2017
Couples statement round could have been even better had he not, then given a shot right back at the 18th for his second bogey of the day. Still, his round was good enough to put him in the clubhouse at -11 (he had the clubhouse lead for a little while) and in contention for the title on Sunday. He will play in the final group with leader Miguel Angel Jimenez Sunday.
If you are wondering, his last win of any kind for Fred is the 2014 Shaw Charity Classic in August of that year on the Champions Tour. He won twice that season bringing his total on the “over 50 circuit” to 11 victories. He also has 15 career PGA Tour wins including a Masters and a Players Championship.
It’s a small sample and the back could go bad, again, at any time, but it’s fun watching “Boom Boom” play well, again.