Chris Couch

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Chris Couch
Personal information
Full name Christian Stratton Couch
Born (1973-05-01) May 1, 1973 (age 44)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16.1 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Winter Garden, Florida
Career
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
Web.com Tour 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship CUT: 2006

Christian Stratton Couch (born May 1, 1973) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour.

Couch was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Buddy Alexander's Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1992 to 1995.[1] As a sophomore, he was a member of the Gators' 1993 NCAA championship team that also included future PGA Tour golfer Brian Gay.[1] During his time as a Gator golfer, the team also won Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994.[1] Couch was recognized as the SEC Freshman of the Year in 1992, a second-team All-SEC selection in 1993 and 1994, and a first-team All-SEC selection in 1995.[1] In 1993 and 1995, he received All-American honors.[2]

Couch turned professional in 1995. It took him a long time to get established and his first couple of spells on the PGA Tour ended when he failed to win enough money to retain his tour card. He won five times on the Nationwide Tour between 2001 and 2005, and in 2006 he made a breakthrough by winning the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He won with a 55-foot chip-in (using a cross-handed grip) after a poor shot out of a difficult lie in a bunker.

A poor 2007 season saw Couch finish 167th on the money list and he did not play in 2008 due to a shoulder injury. He played on the PGA Tour in 2009 and 2010 on a major medical extension. By August 2010, Couch earned enough to satisfy his medical exemption and keep his tour card.

Couch has not played a PGA Tour event since 2012 due to a back injury.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
1 Apr 30, 2006 Zurich Classic of New Orleans −19 (70-70-64-65=269) 1 stroke United States Fred Funk, United States Charles Howell III

Nationwide Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Mar 11, 2001 Buy.com Florida Classic −15 (67-69-69-64=269) 1 stroke United States Chad Campbell
2 Sep 14, 2003 Oregon Classic −14 (66-68-71-69=274) Playoff United States Jason Bohn
3 Nov 2, 2003 Nationwide Tour Championship −18 (66-67-65-72=270) 3 strokes United States D. J. Brigman
4 May 15, 2005 Rheem Classic −15 (69-66-70-60=265) 5 strokes United States Troy Matteson
5 Jun 12, 2005 LaSalle Bank Open −15 (66-67-69-67=269) 4 strokes United States Kevin Durkin, Australia Paul Gow
United States Mario Tiziani

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2006
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 28, 34, 38, 39, 41 (2010). Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  2. ^ 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.

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