Fred Couples isn’t sure how much golf he has left to give, but with the game in town, he will happily play and the people will watch.
The 63-year-old Newport Beach resident had the eyes and ears of a few hundred in attendance Tuesday morning as he regaled a lively audience with stories from throughout his career.
“I don’t know how much longer I’m going to play,” said Couples, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. “I keep saying I want to keep playing. If every tournament was in Newport, I’d play 20.”
The Hoag Classic has returned to Newport Beach, with the PGA Tour Champions tournament running Friday through Sunday at Newport Beach Country Club. Couples, a two-time winner of the event in 2010 and 2014, entertained questions from moderator Alan Beyer during the tournament’s Hall of Fame Community Breakfast on Tuesday.