Fred Couples was born Oct. 3rd, 1959. He grew up in a modest house in Seattle, Washington, with his parents, brother, and sister. His house was located near a golf course, enabling him to learn and practice golf throughout his childhood in spite of his father's disapproval. Couples accepted a golf scholarship to the University of Houston. There, he was roommates with Blaine McCallister, a future professional golfer, and Jim Nantz, a future CBS Sports golf host.Continue Reading
Fred Couples, despite becoming the first American to reach the number one position in the Official World Golf Rankings, did not take a single golfing lesson until he reached college. In childhood, he honed his skills at Beacon Hill's Jefferson Park golf course, where he picked up golf balls to be permitted free play. It was there that he developed his signature slow, rhythmic swing, which he claims comes naturally; Couples knows little of form and technique, and reports that he does not think about anything when he is swinging at a golf ball, not even to take aim.
Couples married his first girlfriend, Deborah Couples, in 1981. They had a heavily publicized divorce in 1993. He married Thais Baker in 1998, after just months of dating. He remained married to Baker until her death of breast cancer in 2009, though they were estranged and had been undergoing divorce proceedings for three years prior.Learn more about Athletes