SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — It will remain a sore spot with Fred Couples until he's finally able to add the accomplishment to his resume.
For all the tournament's won during his career, Couples has still never won in the Seattle area, where he grew up.
Not that he's had many chances. With Seattle lacking a regular PGA Tour stop the most marquee events that Couples has participated were the 1998 PGA Championship and 2010 U.S. Senior Open, along with being a regular participant in the Boeing Classic since joining the Champions Tour in 2010.
Couples is back at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge this week trying to win that elusive hometown title in the 10th edition of the popular tournament.
"It's really one of my favorite courses and not just because I'm from here, but it's for a longer hitter," Couples said. "It's always in immaculate condition. The greens are perfect, the fairways are perfect. You get a good amount of people out there to watch."
He's come close to breaking through in his hometown in the past. Three times Couples has finished in the top three of events around Seattle. That included his runner-up finish to Bernhard Langer at the 2010 Senior Open played at nearby Sahalee Country Club. Last year Couples closed with a 66 on the final day of the Boeing Classic but was unable to catch John Riegger and finished third.
"For me personally, my first senior tour event was at Sahalee and I lost to Langer. It wasn't the end of all ends, but I was trying to win hard and this is a tournament that I really would love to win," Couples said. "I probably don't have that many more chances, maybe another two or three years before I get too old to totally compete, but that is my goal."