Couples will tee it up at Fallen Oak

The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic got its man.  Tournament organizers got a commitment from Fred Couples to play at Fallen Oak in the third annual Champions Tour event.

Couples is one of the most popular and successful players in golf.  This will be the first time he comes to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to play in the Champions Tour event.

WLOX News received a call from tournament director Steve Nieman announcing the commitment.  Moments later, a news release from tournament organizers added more details to the Couples commitment.

"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 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.

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.

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