Fred Couples wasn’t trying to be cocky Wednesday when he said it: “There are some tournaments where I feel like people deserve to play and I feel like I deserve to be in this field."
Couples has won the Northern Trust twice in his career, in 1990 and 1992, and is an all-time fan favorite at Riviera Country Club.
Couples, 53, is making his 31st tournament appearance, more than any other player.
He is not here this time on his golfing merits, however, playing on a sponsor’s exemption.
You could easily argue: if anyone deserves one, it’s Couples.
But he also knows he is taking someone’s spot in the 144-player field...