Couples wins first Champions title

BY foxsports • February 13, 2010

Fred Couples earned his first Champions Tour victory Sunday, overcoming a record-tying round by Tommy Armour III to win The ACE Group Classic.

Couples, who had a five-shot lead at one point, had to make a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and a tap-in par on the final hole for his first victory since the 2003 Shell Houston Open.

Armour tied the Tour record for lowest score in relation to par with an 11-under 61 but finished one back of Couples, who shot an 8-under 64 to finish at 17-under 199.

Scott Hoch, the 2008 champion, finished third at 9-under for the tournament. Bernhard Langer and Mike Goodes tied for fourth at 8-under, followed by Ronnie Black and Dan Forsman at 7-under.

Couples was in contention in his Champions Tour debut last month in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, but Tom Watson birdied the last two holes to beat him by a stroke.

Couples wins $240,000 from the $1.6 million purse.

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