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Fred Couples to compete in Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Former world number one golfer and past Master’s Champion Fred Couples has committed to participate in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak, March 19-25. One of the most popular and successful players in golf, Couples will be making his first ever appearance on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to play in theChampions Tour event.

Couples began playing golf professionally in 1980 and has recorded 15 victories on the PGA TOUR, including the 1992 Master’s and THE PLAYERS Championship in 1996. Couples joined the Champions Tour in 2010 and, in limited events (28) over the past two seasons, has already recorded six tour victories. As one of the top players to ever play on the PGA TOUR, Couples’ career earnings top over $22 million.

“Fred Couples committing to this year’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is very exciting news and has once again helped to solidify our event here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” stated Duncan McKenzie, Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Foundation Chairman. “Getting the world’s best players to come to our area and play in this event is something the MGRC board and staff have been working hard to attain. This announcement is a major step in our efforts to grow the event, and the 2012 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is shaping up to be the most exciting tournament to date for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

Couples became the first player on the Champions Tour to win three of his first four career starts and also became the first player since Jay Haas in 2006 to win three consecutive Champions Tour starts. Couples has represented the USA as a member of five Ryder Cup teams and five President’s Cup events, including serving as two-time captain of the team. His success and laid-back style has made him a fan favorite throughout the world.

Tickets to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic are $15 and are on sale now. They can be purchased online at or by calling the tournament office at (228) 896-6365. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.

For more information, see Friday's editions of the Sun Herald.