As I mentioned here on Sunday, a win by Fred Couples at the ACE Group Classic in Naples was the best thing that could have happened to the Champions Tour. Even at 50, Couples still has that aura of "cool" about him. To have him win means he likely will want to play some more and that can be only good for the 50-and-over set.
"Cool" never has been the first thing that came to mind with regard to senior golf, even among those of us who dearly love that brand of golf.
The fact that Couples edged out Tommy Armour III to win by a shot was a bonus. Armour shot 61 on the last day to make it dramatic. He also has cool factor, never having shed his image as a late-night reveler throughout his career on the PGA Tour.
Of course golf needs every little advantage it can get, at least until Tiger Woods returns from his reported sex addiction rehab
Excellent nugget turned up by Tim Rosaforte on Golf Channel telecast of the ACE Classic. He noticed that Armour had been driving a golf cart that had some sort of padding on the steering wheel. Turns out that Champions Tour veteran R.W. Eaks had cautioned Armour that country clubs often use ArmorAll (no relation) on the steering wheels and that the slick substance can remain on a golfer's hands and then on his grips. Good tip by Eaks, good pickup by Tim.