Watch the complete final round broadcast of the 1992 Masters. Fred Couples defeats 49-year-old Raymond Floyd by two strokes.
Fred Couples’ 1992 Masters Triumph: Breaking Barriers at Augusta National
The 1992 Masters Tournament, the 56th edition of this prestigious golfing event, remains etched in the annals of golf history.
Held from April 9th to 12th at the revered Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, it was a tournament filled with surprises, milestones, and triumphs.
Fred Couples emerged as the champion, marking his first major championship win and ending a five-year drought of American victors at Augusta.
Fred Couples: A New American Champion
Fred Couples, at the age of 32, entered the 1992 Masters as the world’s top-ranked player and the odds-on favorite.
His talent and determination were well-recognized in the golfing world, yet he had not yet clinched a major championship.
However, that was about to change.
Couples’ remarkable performance saw him secure victory, finishing two strokes ahead of the 49-year-old runner-up, Raymond Floyd, who had won the Masters back in 1976.
This victory not only marked Couples’ first major win but also ended the longest streak of non-American winners at Augusta.
The four previous Masters tournaments had seen players from Europe, all hailing from the United Kingdom, taking home the coveted green jacket.
The 1992 Masters was not only about Couples’ triumph but also about several other remarkable statistics that made it a memorable event.
The 36-hole cut at 145 (+1) eliminated only twenty competitors, allowing 63 players to continue into the weekend.
This was the largest number since 1966, showcasing the exceptional skill of the participants.
It’s worth noting that the Masters did not have a cut until its 21st edition in 1957, making this change a significant milestone.
One of the most heartwarming moments of the tournament was provided by George Archer, the 1969 champion, who made the cut at the age of 52.
This marked his final Masters appearance, and he finished in 51st place, demonstrating that age is no barrier to success in the world of golf.
Challenging Weather Conditions
As with any sporting event, unpredictability added an extra layer of excitement to the 1992 Masters.
Less than an hour after the leaders teed off on Saturday afternoon, thunderstorms forced a nearly three-hour delay.
Six players were unable to finish the third round due to darkness.
However, the pairing just ahead, Ian Baker-Finch and Jeff Sluman, displayed true determination by running between their shots on the final two holes to complete the round.
The three pairings returned early on Sunday morning to finish what they had started. Couples and Floyd, in the penultimate pairing, had four holes remaining to determine the winner.
Throughout the tournament, there were moments of brilliance that left spectators in awe.
In the final round, Mark Calcavecchia achieved a remarkable feat by shooting a record 29 (−7) on the back nine.
This included birdies at the 10th hole and the final six holes, showcasing his incredible skills.
However, despite his impressive performance, he finished ten strokes behind Couples, who ultimately secured the coveted green jacket.
Par 3 Contest Victory
In the lead-up to the main event, the Par 3 contest on Wednesday added an extra layer of fun and competition.
Davis Love III emerged victorious, scoring an impressive 22.