Dubai, United Arab Emirates (4E Sports) – Fred Couples will have to unload his two Super Bowl tickets that he bought six months ago on a hunch that his hometown Seattle Seahawks would make it to the championship game.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, will not make it to his first Super Bowl game on time after he made the cut in the Dubai Desert Classic with birdies on his final two holes Friday.
“So I’ll watch it on TV, that’s the next best thing,” said Couples, who bought two seats on the 50-yard line.
Earlier, Couples thought that he will not make the cut and had plans to watch the Super Bowl as consolation. After two rounds, Couples fired a 3-under-par 141 and was in a tie for 44th spot.
“I tried to bogey [No. 16] and I did. I tried to bogey 13, the par-5, and I did,” quipped Couples, who won the Dubai Desert Classic in 1995. “I just couldn’t butcher enough holes.”
Couples returned to Dubai as part of the tournament’s 25-year anniversary celebration. Given his chronic back problems, Couples was unsure if he was going to play.
Luckily, the tickets will not go to waste as Couples had a backup plan to sell one of them should he make the cut.
Couples, who plays mostly on the Champions Tour and now lives in Los Angeles, will play the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open in two weeks.
In April, he is expected to make his 30th appearance in the Masters, where he has finished in the top 15 each of the past four years.