Couples fires 61, beats Andrade in Calgary playoff

Calgary, AB ( - Fred Couples fired a course-record 61 in the final round on Sunday, then birdied the first playoff hole to beat Billy Andrade to win the Shaw Charity Classic.

Andrade closed with an 8-under 62 to meet Couples at 15-under-par 195.

The pair returned to the par-5 18th at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club. Couples stuffed his third shot to a foot and he kicked that in for birdie and the win. It was his 11th victory on the Champions Tour.

"It was a day where I just felt like I played golf and played like I did yesterday and tried to shoot a really good score. It never came into my mind about winning the tournament until really maybe the 15th or 16th hole," Couples admitted. "But I played really well."

Andrade had a chance for birdie in the playoff, but it slid by the left edge.

"I'm literally shocked that that putt missed left for birdie," Andrade said. "I thought if anything I was going to miss it to the right, it was going to go right and it didn't. But I made a good valiant effort and it didn't go in."

Joe Daley, who was one of three players tied for the lead entering the final round, carded a 3-under 67. He shared third place at minus-13 with Steve Lowery (64).

Wes Short, Jr. grabbed fifth place at 12-under 198 after closing with a 64. Woody Austin was one stroke back at minus-11 after he posted his second straight 67.

Joe Durant and Bob Tway were the other two second-round leaders. Durant faltered to a 3-over 73 and slid into a share of 19th at minus-7. Tway struggled to a 4-over 74 and dropped into a tie for 27th at 6-under 204.

Couples started the day at 6-under and flew up the leaderboard with three straight birdies from the third. He posted five birdies in a row from the sixth.

At the par-5 11th, Couples made his first eagle of the day. He followed with birdies at 12 and 13 to gain a share of the lead at 13-under par. Couples ran off four pars in a row from the 14th.

Couples closed with another eagle at the par-5 18th to get in at 15-under. He went to the clubhouse to wait as he was two groups ahead of Andrade and five groups ahead of the final threesome.

Andrade ran off three birdies in a 4-hole span from the fourth to jump to minus-10. Around the turn, he birdied the 10th and followed with another birdie on No. 11.

The four-time PGA Tour winner joined Couples in the lead at 13-under with a birdie on the 13th. Andrade followed with another birdie at 14 to grab the lead.

After a pair of pars, Andrade stumbled to a bogey at the 17th. Like Couples, Andrade closed with an eagle at the last to join Couples in the clubhouse at 15-under. They headed to a playoff when no one else could catch them.

NOTES: Couples, who earned $337,500 for the win, went all 54 holes without a bogey ... Couples won for the second time this season, and that marked the fourth time in five seasons on the Champions Tour that he has won multiple titles ... Bill Glasson had set the course record of 62 last year ... The tour heads to Quebec next week for the Quebec City Championship, where Esteban Toledo won last year.