Fred Couples Still Doesn’t Understand LIV Golf

by | Apr 10, 2024 | Pro News

While some of the more vocal anti-LIV Golf players on the PGA Tour have softened on their beliefs – at least publicly – Fred Couples, with his unique perspective, remains defiant. Golf’s King of Cool still doesn’t see the need for the upstart league’s existence.

“I don’t think I’ll ever understand it,’’ Couples said this week as he prepared for the Masters. “Maybe I’ll go to one and see what it’s really, really like. I know how great they are as players. I get it all, and I get the 54 holes and you drive a cart to your tee and shotgun. That’s easy to pick on.

“Sometimes I’ve picked on comments that people have made, and I’ve picked on comments that they talk about the Tour, which I have now 44 years invested in. I don’t want anyone picking on a tour that I think is very good.

“Now, everything can get better, but let me tell you, if the LIV Tour is better for golf, I’m missing something there. But again, I’m not here to bash them anymore.’’

Is Couples – the 1992 Masters champion – a bit thin-skinned? Maybe. But like he said, after 44 years on Tour – most of them being one of its biggest stars – he’s earned that right.

Couples also praised a couple of his friends in the LIV Golf League.

“I love DJ (Dustin Johnson). I love Brooks (Koepka). I don’t know if they even comment on the LIV Tour. They just play golf.’’


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Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.