SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) — Fred Couples has already been playing some terrific golf. Now he is at one of his favorite courses on the Champions Tour.
So it wasn't much of a surprise that Couples bolted to the front of the pack on Friday at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak. The 54-year-old Couples shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-shot lead in nearly ideal conditions.
Couples has been on a recent roll, winning the Toshiba Classic last weekend in Newport Beach, Calif., but said his steady first round was more about his comfort at Fallen Oak.
"I think it's a continuation of liking this course," Couples said. "That's why I'm here. I like Fallen Oak and hope to play it for a long time."
Couples started the day on No. 10 and made five birdies over his first eight holes. It was his 12th straight round in the 60s on the Champions Tour, dating to last season, which is one shy of the record set by Hale Irwin in 1999.
"I played really well," Couples said. "I feel like I putt well on these greens, and I made some today, obviously, to shoot that score."
Couples has won 10 times on the Champions Tour since his debut in 2010.
The conditions were good for low scoring on Friday, with a light breeze but plenty of sunshine and forgiving greens.
Last year's tournament champion Michael Allen was paired with Couples and shot a 68 to join a group of five in second place. Jeff Maggert, who was making his Champions Tour debut, is also in second place, along with Kenny Perry, David Frost and Jay Haas.
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