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Fred Couples’ Persimmon driver draws a crowd at the 2021 Masters



Fred Couples is a Masters legend, and on the eve of the 2021 edition, it was a Persimmon driver that drew the attention of a notable crowd in Rory McIlroy and his new coach Pete Cowen on the range.

During Wednesday’s edition of ‘Live Masters on the Range’, Couples revealed that the driver – a MacGregor M85 – was the actual driver he used on his way to winning his green jacket back in 1992.

As you can see in the video below, McIlroy was particularly fascinated by the club today at Augusta.

The crew also provided a pretty awesome side-by-side to show the difference in size between Couples’ MacGregor driver and Rory’s SIM2.

C/o: Live Masters on the Range

The reason the driver is on the grounds? According to Couples, he had no idea previously that he is the only past champion not to donate a club from his win to Augusta National Golf Club. A detail he is correcting this week.


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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. Gunter Eisenberg

    Apr 8, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Should’ve gave them the wedge that he pitched out with on the 12th hole in the 4th round. That was a pivotal moment.

  2. Mark

    Apr 8, 2021 at 3:02 am

    One Masters win makes him a legend at Augusta?

    • Rwj

      Apr 8, 2021 at 9:40 am

      He’s always been glorified. Like a Fowler. Good players, big wins, but not exceptional. Also anytime he isn’t playing well his back suddenly is tightening up.

    • Benny

      Apr 11, 2021 at 8:57 am

      Well when you have a win and several top tens, even later in life, a green jacket and a locker as well as a HOF locker. Yeah I would say he is a legend.

  3. James D. Bucher

    Apr 7, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I hope he hit a few goodbye shots with her. I would play the thing, I love hittting my old early 70’s Wilsons. Then again I play Hickory clubs:-)
    J Bucher

  4. Brad B

    Apr 7, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Have a set of those at home. They’re gorgeous … and there’s no way in Hades I’d ever try to play with them now.

  5. Mo

    Apr 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    That’s incredible. I think I was using a Callaway Warbird at the time. OH man that’s OLD. If I recall correctly Justin Leonard was one of the last guys to use a persimmon driver around 94 or 95.

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Bryson DeChambeau reveals the problem he has at Augusta National



Bryson DeChambeau’s challenge at this year’s Masters tournament got off to a poor start with an opening round of 76 to put Bryson behind the 8-ball going into Friday’s round.

The 27-year-old never looked comfortable all day at Augusta National, and following his opening round, DeChambeau revealed his main issue at the course:

“I need to understand how the ball flies off of downhill slopes into uphill greens, and conversely uphill slopes into downhill greens, and all of the above. We just can’t calculate and adjust the numbers very well, and the wind is pretty tricky out here. The greens are bouncing pretty hard, and that’s what happened.”

Bryson told the media that the issue is only here at Augusta, while confirming that the new driver would stay in the bag for today’s second round.

On what he needs to do to play well here, DeChambeau highlighted every aspect of his game and how he also needs to begin adjusting to the difference in the speed of the practice green to the actual greens at the event.

“You’ve got to have every aspect. You’ve got to iron it well. You’ve got to putt it well. There are some greens that got really, really quick, looked pretty brown. We just couldn’t adjust for it. The practice green is completely different than the golf course, and that was something that I know, but I just didn’t adjust for.”

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Abraham Ancer left ‘gutted’ after being assessed 2 stroke penalty at the Masters



Abraham Ancer is competing in his second Masters this week and believed he had got himself off to a steady start with a round of 73.

However, 73 soon turned into a round of 75 after Ancer had unknowingly touched the sand before making his third stroke from the greenside bunker on 15.

After signing his scorecard, video evidence was reviewed by the Masters Competition Committee regarding a potential breach of Rule 12.2b (1), which states that “touching sand in a bunker right behind the ball results in a penalty” – and Ancer was handed a two stroke penalty.

On social media, Ancer posted the video of the incident along with the following statement:

“I was just informed that I have been assessed a 2 stroke penalty for unintentionally grazing the sand in my backswing on hole 15. While I’m gutted, I can’t wait to get after it tomorrow.”

Per Jim Hyler Jr., chairman of the Competitions Committee, Ancer was given the penalty as the touching of the sand was visible to the naked eye.

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Fun Masters facts from Michael Wolf aka “bamabearcat” on Twitter



When it comes to sharing knowledge about Augusta National along with some fun facts about the Masters tournament, Twitter’s Michael Wolf could be as close to an encyclopedia as it gets. Along with being a lover of golf history and course architecture, Michael is an experienced traveler and player agent, and President of 288 Sports.

Bill Gates’ bar tab

I have a feeling Bill and his friends didn’t even notice the final number on their credit cards

Would you like the big mansion or the really big mansion?

No, seriously it’ll fit

Dress for the job you want – not the one you have

Wax on, wax off

Hopefully, nobody writes anything negative about Bryson

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