Chubb Classic presented by SERVPRO

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Naples, Florida, USA

Tiburón Golf Club

Fred Couples

Quick Quotes

Q. Fred, what's it like when you come from Augusta to another course? (Indiscernible.)

FRED COUPLES: Well, I hear this course is in phenomenal shape, so Augusta was in phenomenal shape, too. That's a good start. I'm going to pay attention to the practice round or the pro-am round. Played a few Shark Shootouts on the other course, so it's kind of got to look semi the same.

And I'm excited to be here. I won a couple times. I don't even know the names of the courses that I won at. So I have some good luck here down in Naples, and I'm going to have to start playing a lot better.

But I don't go by anything at Augusta. I played fairly well and shot college score shots like when I was 16 years old.

It's nice to be here. The weather is outstanding. I look forward to playing.

Q. What did you think of Jose Maria making the cut?

FRED COUPLES: Fantastic. You know, to shoot those scores, it's very hard. It was a rock hard -- it was hard to get a ball close, but he's got a great short game and that week you needed to have a short game.

I certainly didn't. And I don't know if he's playing here. He is? That's awesome.

But that was a great -- any of us, Langer usually plays very, very well. I don't think he played poorly. I think he missed the cut by a couple.

But it was harder than it's ever been.

Q. And anything you're particularly working on right now?


Q. No?

FRED COUPLES: No. I'm just working on trying to play a little bit. I'm going to have a few weeks off again. You know, I practiced hard before Augusta and I played there and I took a couple days off and I came to Florida and I've played -- took yesterday off, but I've played a little bit of golf.

You know, I was playing well, which is hard to play on a golf course like that when you never do it. Once a year. I mean, we play golf courses that are nice; sometimes they play hard. But when you just all of a sudden hop out of bed Thursday morning and go play a course like that, it's a little freakish, even though I love it and played well; I did not play horrible the first day and shot 79.

Q. Have you thought about maybe my last one will be in 2025?

FRED COUPLES: The last year I had a 78; year before that 76. But the last two years I've come back and had two really, really good other rounds.

This year I did not. But, no, I mean, it wasn't a length problem. To be honest with you, I didn't putt very well in November and I couldn't get the speed of the greens down and I actually played okay, and then this year was -- five months later was the complete opposite. I putted everything ten feet past chipped everything horribly.

So I need -- you know I try to spend time, but I think that November thing threw me off personally because I'm so used to 30 years playing that fast and they got them slow.

But that's not an excuse. I had doubles, triples. It was pretty ugly golf.

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