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Impact: Mr. Popular becomes No. 1

By Alex Holmes

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"Golf is a game to me. Other players work extremely hard all year long. I work hard before Augusta." -- Fred Couples

Fred Couples certainly worked the field in 1992 at the Nestle Invitational (now known as the Arnold Palmer Invitational) when he finished the weekend nine strokes clear of Gene Sauers to claim the title. Couples' Nestle victory was even sweeter as it moved him into the No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Freddie, still a fan favorite now at age 54, would continue his impressive play through April where he would go on to win the Masters, the one and perhaps surprisingly only major championship in his Hall of Fame career.

Photo: Getty Images (1992)


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