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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 228
Y OU’VE got to hand it to a professional sportsperson who can hold their body together for as long as Fred Couples has. Couples has appeared so many times at Riviera Country Club he’s practically a part of the furniture, and at the 2013 Northern Trust Open he set a record for most appearances at a non-major event when he played for the 31st time. Couples’ record at Riviera is exemplary, winning the event in 1990 and 1992 and finishing runner-up in 1993, 1994 and 1996. SOMETIMES even the greatest have a bad day. Arnold Palmer meltdowns were so rare that when it happened at the 1961 LA Open, it was worthy of commemoration with a plaque that remains at the site today, 56 years later. Palmer was well in contention as the end of his second round neared at the 1961 event, until the par 5-18th hole happened. Palmer went for the green with his second shot, but sliced the 3-wood so badly it ended up in a neighbouring driving range. No one’s quite sure where his next three shots finished, other than to say all three landed out of bounds. Palmer plummeted from contention to miss the cut, all in the space of just a few minutes. D ID the patrons who attended the first two rounds at Riviera in 1992 know they were witnessing a future champion? Perhaps, but it wasn’t the start TIGER WOODS would have wanted when he made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur. Woods attracted plenty of attention that week as the youngest player to ever play in a PGA Tour event, but missed the cut with rounds of 72 and 75. What he wouldn’t give for that easy swing now, though. 1992: WELCOME, TIGER 1961: ARNIE LOSES THE PLOT (AND A FEW PILLS) 2013: COUPLES SETS NEW MARK WATCH IT HERE
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