1983: Fred Couples wins his 1st PGA Tour title at The Kemper Open

Fred Couples

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.

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