Jan 20th, 2018
Fred Couples signs with Bettinardi
Charismatic Hall of Fame champion chooses premium putter brand
Fred Couples, one of the biggest star names in the game of golf, has signed to play Bettinardi premium putters exclusively on the PGA Champions Tour and in other events around the world this year.
The charismatic player from Seattle, who has won more than 60 professional tournaments - including 15 PGA Tour titles and 13 on the Champions Tour - joins the Bettinardi Tour staff on the eve of competing in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii, where he finished second last year.
“I’m really looking forward to representing Bettinardi and its beautiful range of hand-made putters, as they always give me great confidence when I’m standing over putts,” said Fred. “Having won five times already with a Bettinardi putter, there’s nothing I’d rather be putting with.”
Famous for his smooth swing and rhythmic putting stroke, Couples has been using his namesake Bettinardi model – FCB (Fred Couples Blade) – for the past four years. During that time, he won five times on the Champions Tour and finished in the top 20 at three of the four Masters he played in, including T18 at Augusta last year.
Averaging 1.70 putts per hole when playing in 12 events with the Bettinardi Tour only putter last year, he won twice and had five top 10 results.
“Having Fred Couples join our Tour staff is a massive endorsement for Bettinardi Golf,” said founder Robert Bettinardi. “We’re so proud and excited to welcome him to our growing Tour staff. I’m sure he will prove to be a great ambassador for our brand, as he attracts huge crowds and media attention wherever he plays.”
Couples, 58, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013 after winning more than $30 million in prize money during a professional career that began in 1980. A former World No.1, he won the Masters in 1992 and The Players Championship in 1984 and 1996. He has also represented the USA in five Ryder Cup contests and captained his country to victory in the Presidents Cup on three occasions.
Based in Chicago, Bettinardi Golf is one of the fastest-growing equipment brands in golf. It has become famous for its hand-crafted putters made in the USA from a single piece of high quality steel using hi-tech CNC milling technology.