Couples wins Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - Fred Couples made a birdie on the 18th hole to win the 2012 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak on Sunday. The 52-year-old finished the tournament at 14 under.

This was Couples' first event of the 2012 season. Couples becomes the 5th different winner on the Champions Tour this year, according to Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic officials.

"The bottom line is you get a lot of chances to win if you play well, and I felt like today I played well enough that I had a two‑shot lead sitting on a par‑5 that I felt like I could have made birdie on to put it out of reach and make a 6.  So then your mind jumps," Couples said in a press conference.

Couples says he will back next year. The tournament was in the 3rd year of a 3-year contract, but all indications are that the contract will be renewed.

WLOX Sports Anchor Dave Schroeder will have full highlights and reaction to the tournament on WLOX news at 10:00 p.m. and will also have web-only content available tonight on

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