Fred Couples has been awfully successful as the American Presidents Cup captain. Now it’s time to move on to something else.
After serving as winning captain for the last three Presidents Cups, including on Sunday at Muirfield Village G.C., the 54-year-old Couples said he would be giving the reins to someone else.
“A three-peat is good enough for me,” Couples said after his dozen won the Presidents Cup 18.5-15.5. “I’m not coming back – unless someone wants me as an assistant captain.”
Combined, Couples’ three teams won by a 57-45 margin — twice over teams captained by Greg Norman in 2009 and 2011, then Nick Price this week in Ohio. Naturally, Couples gave all the credit to his charges.
“It makes me look great to be involved in this, but you know, this is the third time I’ve had, as I said, all-star teams every single time,” he said. “We’ve gotten nice leads. In a way, maybe they relax a little bit because they are all playing so well.”
The 2015 Presidents Cup will also be played at Jack Nicklaus’ place, sort of. The competition will move to Asia for the first time, being played at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in South Korea.
Who will be the American captain is a mystery, but International captain Nick Price began making his case on Sunday for a second run in his job.
“This was just a phenomenal week for all of us and I want to congratulate the U.S. team. They played golf that was just incredible to watch,” Price said. “They combined well, but for this team, I would be honored if they ever asked me to be captain of this team again, don’t care where it is.”