Couples rallies to win Shaw Charity Classic
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Fred Couples birdied the first playoff hole at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club to defeat Billy Andrade at the Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic.
Couples shot a 9-under 61, a course record, in the final round in Calgary, Alberta, to vault up the leaderboard into a tie for first with Andrade – who almost matched the new mark with a 62. Both players finished at 15-under 195.
In the playoff, Andrade went for the green in two but pulled it into the grandstands. He took a drop but couldn’t convert for birdie from 30 feet. After seeing what Andrade did, Couples decided to lay up. He hit his third shot within a foot of the cup and tapped in for the win.
This is the 54-year-old's second victory of the season and 11th overall on the Champions Tour. In eight events this season, he hasn’t finished worse than T-15, though he was disqualified from the Regions Traditions event at the end of May.
Steve Lowery and Joe Daley, the 36-hole leader, finished in third at 13-under 197.