Fred Couples Shares Lead With Robert Karlsson at CHUBB Classic

Fred Couples
Fred Couples plays his shot from the third tee during the second round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on November 13, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Fred Couples carded a second-round 69 and will enter the final round of the Chubb Classic tied for the lead with Robert Karlsson on 12-under par.

Couples, who posted a 63 on day one at Tiburon’s acclaimed Black Course, finished with one bogey against four birdies, highlighted by two straight gains on 17 and 18 to secure a tee time in the final pairing.

“I saw a leaderboard late. The guys in front of us all played pretty well,” said Couples.

“I got off to not a slow start, I just didn’t make many birdies or hit any really, really good shots. But finished strong, and I’m tied with Robert with a handful of guys very, very close.

“It was a good birdie on the last. I didn’t hit the ball poorly, you’ve just got to get it in the right spots. I’ve got to play the par-5s better tomorrow, but I birdied — I guess I only got one of them, so one birdie on the four of them is not good enough.

“But tomorrow will be a different day. I’ll have to play pretty well, and you have to make those putts against those guys.”

Karlsson, 50, produced a second-straight round of 66, which featured an eagle on the par-5 9th hole, and a near hole-out eagle two holes later on No. 11, leading to a tap-in birdie. The Swede added a birdie on the final hole to join Couples atop the leaderboard.

“I probably actually hit the ball a little bit better today than I did yesterday,” said Karlsson. “A couple of bad shots, but that always happens.

“I’m just enjoying playing golf again. It’s been a long time since November it feels like when we had sort of a good streak going. I just used the last six weeks trying to prepare for a long season ahead, and kind of just happy to get going.”

One off the pace was a threesome which included Steve Stricker (67), Bernhard Langer (68) and Alex Cejka, who carded a low-round 65.

Langer nearly made it into the lead pack but just missed a 20-footer for eagle on the par-5 finale.

In all, eight players were separated by just four shots heading into Sunday’s final round in Naples.

The other chasers inside that group include Gene Sauers (69) who was three back at 9 under, one clear of Kevin Sutherland (66) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (67).

2021 CHUBB Classic

Top-5 Leaders: Round 2
Pos-Player-To Par-(Score)
1. Fred Couples -12 (-3)
1. Robert Karlsson -12 (-6)
3. Bernhard Langer -11 (-4)
3. Steve Stricker -11 (-5)
3. Alex Cejka -11 (-7)

Material from PGA Tour Media & Communications was used to compile report.


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