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Couples makes early Sunday run, stumbles home

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AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 23: The Walter Hagen Cup trophy is displayed on the first hole during the first round of the World Golf Championships - Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 23, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

AUGUSTA, Ga. – When Fred Couples made birdie on the first two holes Sunday at the Masters before the final two groups had teed off, the 54-year-old was within two shots of leaders Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.

There was a buzz in the air at the time, the patrons hoping there was just a little more magic for Couples one more time around Augusta National.

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Couples made several key putts on the front nine to stay in contention, but he came unraveled late with two double bogeys in a five-hole stretch. Couples shot 71-71-73-75 to tie for 20th place.

Couples was one of six players in his 50s to make the cut this week, a Masters record by two. The only reason he could think of as to why so many 50-somethings played well this week was, “because we play here so many times.”