Fred Couples wins Houston Open

Fred Couples wins Houston Open golf tournament by four strokes.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Fred Couples outduelled Mark Calcavecchia and held off challenges from Stuart Appleby and Hank Kuehne to win for the first time in five years, shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to take the Houston Open by four strokes. The 43-year-old Couples, looking like the golfer who was dominant in the 1990s, led or shared the lead the first three days. He wouldn't let go on Sunday, shutting door after shrugging off stumbles midway through his round. Three consecutive birdies starting at the 14th hole paved the way for his 15th victory overall and first since the Memorial Tournament in 1998. He finished with a flourish with a birdie on the 18th to finish at 21-under 267, then broke into tears. Kuehne, Calcavecchia and Appleby, all holding a least a share of the lead after the turn, tied for second at 271, followed by Jay Haas at 272 and Jeff Maggert at 273. Maggert eagled the first hole and then went on to tie the course record with an 8-under 64. (AP)