Fred Couples gets his 1st win at The Kemper Open
On this day, in 1983 after soaring to a five-over-par 77 on the final round, Fred Couples sank a short birdie putt on the second hole of a five-way playoff to win the Kemper Open golf tournament. Couples stroked a long iron shot within a foot of the flag on the par-3 16th hole at the Congressional Country Club, and tapped it in for his first victory on the PGA Tour.
He beat T.C. Chen, a rookie from Taiwan; Scott Simpson, Gil Morgan and Barry Jaeckel, all of whom had tied him at 287 in regulation play. Chen, Simpson and Couples, a threesome, took more five hours to complete the last 18 holes.
Chen had a closing 76 and Simpson a 77. Simpson had a chance to win outright, but missed a 4-foot, par-saving putt on the 72d hole, setting up the playoff. Morgan, a two-time winner this season, and Jaeckel, who finished play about two hours in front of the final group, each had a 70.