GOLF

Couples gets 4th Skins Game title


Published: Monday, December 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 1, 2003 at 12:03 a.m.
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Fred Couples holds up his trophy after winning the Skins Game Sunday. Couples won eight skins for a total of $605,000.

The Associated Press
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Annika Sorenstam earned $225,000 and a whole lot of respect with a second-place finish in the otherwise all-male Skins Game.
Fred Couples, the grand master of the skins format, won the event for a record fourth time. He collected all but $25,000 of his $605,000 Sunday, the final day of the 18-hole, made-for-television event.
"I think she played terrific golf," Couples said. "I certainly didn't play better than Annika. I just made a few more putts and a couple of lucky shots."
Phil Mickelson was third with $170,000. Mark O'Meara won nothing, one year after earning $405,000 to take the title.
"I've played with a lot of fine players," O'Meara said, "and I'd have to put Annika at the top of the list."
Couples won eight skins - seven Sunday. Sorenstam and Mickelson had five apiece.
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