Rickie Fowler, a runner-up at last week’s ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, said he was climbing on the players’ charter flight to return home from Japan Monday morning when he saw what Couples had done. It brought an instant smile to his face.
“I didn’t get to see it, but saw some highlights this morning, when I was working out in the trailer,” Fowler said at Congaree Golf Club, where he will be playing this week. “If you birdie the last seven and you’re close, it’s pretty much hard not to win. So that’s pretty cool. Like catching lightning in a bottle, and you run with it.”
Billy Horschel said one of the most important perks to him making his first U.S. Presidents Cup team last month was that he would be spending time around Couples. On his path to the PGA TOUR, Horschel said he looked up to Couples, trying to glean things that he could implement into his own game. He and Couples were cordial when they’d see each other at events, but until Quail Hollow, they never had spent quality time with one another.
“Freddie is a great guy, a fun guy to be around,” Horschel said. “He obviously gives this ‘cool’ persona, and it looks like everything is always ‘chill,’ but man, he’s got a massive fire that burns. He didn’t want to lose (at the Presidents Cup).
“To see him like that, I loved it. I sent him a text after he won: ‘Not bad playing for someone your age. That was impressive. Great win.’”
On the range at THE CJ CUP in South Carolina, that was the sentiment. Good for Captain Cool, a winner again.