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Couples Can't Complete Hollywood Ending

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Riviera fans love to love Fred Couples.

It's not just because fans wanted to see the older guy win. Or because at 51, Couples won't have that many more opportunities for glory on the PGA Tour. The dark hair he sported when he won the Northern Trust Open in 1990 and 1992 has faded to gray, but Couples is still the same guy. Albeit with more aches, pains and soreness.

Couples has such a bad back he can't sleep or board a plane right now. And when he's driving, he has to make pit stops just to walk around and stretch.

Golf fans wanted to see him win the Northern Trust Open because they love Couples, and Couples loves being here. He's got personality. And isn't it fun to watch someone who enjoys what he does?

"Everyone loves Freddy," said Kevin Na, who...

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