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Couples shoots 61 to win Shaw Charity Classic

Fred Couples
Fred Couples
Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

According to the Champions Tour website, Fred Couples of Seattle, Washington won the 2014 Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday. Couples, who is now 54 years of age, shot an incredible 61 at the Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in south Calgary, and beat Billy Andrade in a playoff.

Couples, who won the 1992 Masters, finished 72 holes tied with Andrade at -15. Couples then birdied the par-5 playoff hole, while Andrade could only salvage a par. The 18th hole was the hole tournament organizers selected for the playoff.

The bottom line it was a magical day for Couples who had two eagles in his third and final round. He eagled the par-5 11th hole and then again on the par-5 18th hole. Couples' chip shot on the 18th hole to move him to -15 was a difficult shot from the rough, and his eagle received a thunderous applause from the Calgary sports fans. It seemed to be fitting that Couples would then beat Andrade in a playoff.

With the victory, Couples becomes the second American in the two years of the Shaw Charity Classic to win the tournament. Rocco Mediate of Greensburg, Pennsylvania won the 2013 Shaw Charity Classic.

For Couples, it was his 11th win of his career on the Champions Tour. It was his second victory of the year as he also beat Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie and Steve Pate by a stroke to win the 2014 Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, California in March. It was also Couples' second Champions Tour playoff victory, as he also won the 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship over John Cook in a playoff in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The next stop for the senior golfers on the Champions Tour will be the Quebec Championship which will go this weekend in Quebec City. Esteban Toledo of Mexico won last year in Montreal.

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