Couples Becomes A Master

Fluid Freddy is now the world's very best golfer

WHEN FRED COUPLES STROLLS DOWN THE FAIRWAY, he often twirls his golf club as if it were a walking stick. To all appearances, he's out for a languorous constitutional in the park. Last week he strolled the elegant greenness of Augusta National, the citadel of American golf, and won the Masters tournament, his first victory in a major tournament after 12 years as a professional. In so doing, Couples, 32, became the sport's most dominant player.

The very casualness of Couples' approach to a game that can turn a player's forearms to cement and his knees to jelly is both the...

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