Fred Couples is a world-renowned professional golfer and a former World Number 1 in the game. After a splendidly illustrious professional career that spanned 33 years and 64 professional tour wins, Fred was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. The 15-time PGA Tour Winner has also won the European Tour for a record 3 times and PGA Tour Champions for 13.
The above is but the tip of the iceberg when talking about Fred’s golfing career. Besides, his life has not been all about golfing. For instance, he is also a politician, a golf course designer and has been a husband in two cases. So, read on to get all the relevant facts there is about him.
The professional golfer was born as Frederick Steven Couples on October 3, 1959, in Seattle Washington DC. He is an American with Italian and Croatian roots. His father Tom Couples, whose parents immigrated from Italy, worked as the groundskeeper for the Seattle Park Department. Their family name was spelled as ‘Copola’ in Italian but they changed it to its present form to make it more acceptable in America. As for Frederick’s mother Violet Couples (nee Sobich), she descended from Croatia. Fred has a brother named Tom Jr and a sister named Cindy.
Fred Couples became a world-renowned golfer without ever receiving any formal golf lessons. Instead, the environment in which he lived and his unique astute intellect and locomotor endowments had predisposed him for excellence. His family lived in a house on Beacon Hill Seattle, very close to Jefferson Park’s Golf Course, which was a part of Fred’s dad’s workplace. So, from his earliest days, Fred’s interest in golfing was fired as he watched the pros swing it out which was how he developed his signature loose swing that has always given him an edge over most of his opponents in the game.
For his high school education, Fred went to O’Dea High School in Seattle where he distinguished himself in the game of golf. After graduating from O’Dea in 1977, he received a golf scholarship to study at the University of Houston. There at college – and as you would expect – Frederick was a member of the college men’s golf team Houston Cougars and shared a dorm room with Blaine McCallister who also went ahead to become a great golfer.
Is Fred Couples Married? Who Is His Wife Or Girlfriend?
As already hinted on, Fred Couples has been married two times. His first marriage with Deborah Couples lasted from 1981 to 1993. Then, his second marriage was with Thais Baker, and it lasted from 1998 to 2009.
His first love Deborah was a fellow student at the University of Houston where they met and fell for each other in 1979. After about two years of dating, they tied the knot. Sadly, after eight years of her divorce with Fred, Deborah jumped to her death in circumstances that have been deemed to be a suicide by the Los Angeles city coroner’s office.
Fred Couple’s second marriage did not end in divorce but in death. His second wife Thais Baker died of breast cancer in 2009. The two marriages did not produce any kid.
However, the question many of his fans are now asking is whether Fred Couples is dating anyone. The answer is that the golfer has dated at least two women since the death of his second wife. Around 2012, he was dating Midge Trammell, a hairstylist who owns hair styling shops in central Texas. Then, around 2014, he was seen with Nadine Moze, another hair-stylist based in California. However, at present, we cannot tell if Fred is still with any of these women or any other.
Although Fred Couples has never had a biological child of his own, he has stepdaughters, Gigi and Oliver. The two girls are the children of his second wife Thais Baker whom she brought along from a previous relationship. Gigi and Oliver were respectively 18 and 16 in 2009 when their mother passed on. Since then, Frederick has remained a father figure to them.
In 2017, MoneyInc Magazine ranked Fred Couples 7th on its list of ‘the 20 richest golfers of all time’ with a net worth of $105 million. However, as of 2019, the golfer’s net worth is estimated at $150 million. He has gathered his net worth over the years from his career wins and endorsements.
He has also floated a golf course design company Couples Bates Golf Design Firm (now known as Bates Golf Design Group) with his partner Gene D. Bates. The company is credited with having designed over 20 award-winning golf courses across the world. Of course, this has meant more dollars rolling in.