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At age 63 and without a victory in 1,939 days, Fred Couples is back in the winner’s circle.

And the Hall of Famer did it emphatically. Entering the final round of the PGA TOUR Champions SAS Championship on Sunday tied for the lead with rookie Y.E. Yang, Couples seized the moment as only he can. He birdied five consecutive holes to close out his front nine at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, North Carolina, parred Nos. 10 and 11, then had bested himself with a seven-hole birdie barrage to turn a tight contest into more of a coronation.

Couples’ bogey-free, final-round 60 was not only the low round of the day but the low round of the tournament and the lowest of Couples’ PGA TOUR Champions career. It left him at 20 under. He beat runner-up Steven Alker by six shots. Jerry Kelly, the 2019 SAS Championship winner, came in third at 12 under, seven shots back.

Couples hadn’t won since the American Family Insurance Championship in May 2017. The SAS became his 14th victory on the PGA TOUR Champions.

For the week, Couples averaged fourth in driving distance and second in putts per green in regulation.

Griffin Flesch, son of Steve Flesch, a two-time winner on PGA TOUR Champions this season, caddied for Couples this week.

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