Golfer Fred Couples made the cut at the Dubai Desert Classic this weekend, so the Seattle Seahawks fan will be giving up his tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII to continue competing in the event. Not a bad consolation prize, huh?
Couples, 54, bought Super Bowl tickets six months ago on a hunch that his hometown Seahawks would make the big game, ESPN reported. Couples said he paid a lot of money for the two tickets, which are on the 50-yard line, but will surrender them after playing well enough to make it to the weekend in Dubai.
Couples ordinarily plays on the Champions Tour, but he was participating in Dubai this week as part of the tournament’s 25-year anniversary celebration. Couples was the tournament winner in 1995.
Couples birdied his last two holes Friday to place himself tied for 44th at 3-under par. Though he’s eight strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy, who shot an impressive 63 on Thursday, he’s staying to see what he can do in the final two rounds.
“There’s no way I would ever not try,” Couples said via ESPN. “So I’ll watch it on TV, that’s the next best thing.”
The only downside for Couples is that the game comes on at 3:30 a.m. in Dubai on Monday morning, so it will be an early day for him to watch his ‘Hawks. The 1992 Masters champ is such a big Seahawks fan he raised the “12th Man” flag before Seattle’s Monday night game against the Saints on Dec. 2, so it’s not like he’s some bandwagon chump.
I guess we could say that even though he’s giving up his tickets, he was in a win-win situation. And by making the cut, he’ll more than make up the money lost with the tickets.
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