It wouldn't be Master's weekend without hearing the name Fred Couples. Somehow, despite not being a regular on the PGA Tour, Fred always seems to pull a good round out of nowhere in Augusta. Like clockwork Fred is sitting on top of the leaderboard after two rounds in 2012. While it might be a pretty safe bet to say he won't win, it's always good to see Fred and his picture perfect swing on Saturday and Sunday at Augusta. So that of course means Fred deserves his own post on the site. Then, after doing some digging, I found out that this post will end up being a little different than most of the posts here. Fred has had some tragic outcomes with both of his ex-wives.
Fred and Deborah meet while in college at the University of Houston. At the time Fred wasn't on the fast track to becoming a big-time name on the PGA tour. Sure he had talent but hadn't quite put it together. The couple married in 1981 and slowly Fred's golf career took off. Eventually Fred began winning tournaments and the money began to roll in, which some might argue as the root of all the issues between Fred and Deborah. Eventually the couple split. Deborah claims it had to do with an affair (one that Fred admits too) while Fred blamed the divorce on his ex-wives obsession. Fred went so far as saying in court, "If she had not gone overboard in polo, we would probably still be married." The messy divorce turned tragic when Deborah committed suicide in 2001 by jumping off a 70-foot building.
Thais Baker Couples
Eventually Fred would remarry, meeting Thais and marrying in 1998. While the couple didn't have any kids Thais had two kids from a previous relationship, GiGi and Oliver. Much like Fred's first relationship things eventually went bad and while no formal divorce was ever finished the couple was separated late in their relationship. Fred tried to make things work with Thais, even taking time off from golf to be a husband, things never totally clicked. In 2009 Thais passed away at the couple’s home from breast cancer, while Fred played golf. We're certainly not passing judgement or in any way trying to make Fred out to be cold hearted but this quote is very strange. “There’s not much I can say. I’m not really welcome up there. So I decided to play.”
Midge appears to be Fred's current squeeze. I've seen her from time to time caddie for Fred including in San Antonio where Midge is a graduate of Churchill.