Happy birthday to a true legend of the game. Fred Couples turned 63 on Monday and golfers are still in awe of the former World No.1 golfer. Couples, who is serving as a captain’s assistant at the Presidents Cup 2022 for the fourth time, is aware of the players’ chattering.
Team America clearly has the upper hand over the International team at the 2022 Presidents Cup. There are a dozen players on Davis Love III’s US team who are ranked within the top 25 in the world, while the International Team only has five players who are ranked in the top 30.
Steve Stricker feels Fred Couples brings a calming presence to the dressing room
“So he’s a great guy to have in the team room. He’s very calm, relaxed, rubs off on everybody,” Steve Stricker had these views on Couples. “And he’s not afraid to jab people, have fun with people, but when it comes time to be serious, he’s right there to be serious and, like I said, to provide that knowledge and that insight that he has.”
“Inside the team room, it may seem like he’s got this really easygoing, simplistic view, but it’s extremely cerebral. There’s a lot of thought, and he puts a lot into it. He’s invested. You just want to be around that,” added Zach Johnson, a two-time captain’s assistant who’s preparing for his Ryder Cup captaincy in 2023.
“Then I like that he chirps. He gets on these kids. He’s not going to let them get on him or get complacent. He’s going to get after ’em, and that’s what you want in a leader.
On the final day of practice rounds before the foursomes match on Thursday, the love for “Boom Boom” wasn’t the only topic of conversation. “The challenge is, I don’t know, we’ve got to win 15 ½ points against a really good team,” said assistant captain Geoff Ogilvy.”
“It’s a perfect year, I think, for a really sort of fresh young team. Everyone is super excited.” The comment that “maybe more than eight new players” should not be overlooked. The rosters are set but don’t be surprised if some guys show up this week to support their teams.
“Look, I think the shield, I think, is pretty important. I think it was often hard for us to sort of have an identity,” Ogilvy said, “bringing so many different cultures together in the same place.” “The first year (2019) was great. This is the second time. It’s more and more recognizable. People are starting to buy the merch.“
“Kids growing up in the world look at that and think, ‘I want that on my shirt one day,’ and that’s really powerful,” he added. “You might underestimate that, but that’s a really powerful thing. We represent the rest of the world. That’s a lot of people.” “More than anything, he’s given this team an identity and given international kids something to aspire to.”