Couples defies age at the Masters

Fred Couples believes he can defy his advancing years to remain in contention at the Masters.

Couples heads into the weekend at the Augusta National just three shots adrift of the lead after the 57-year-old fired a superb two under par round of 70.

The American lifted the Masters title in 1992 and it has remained a happy hunting ground for him after he has finished in the top 10 in six of the last eight tournaments.

Couples would become the oldest player to win the Masters by 10 years if he can triumph this weekend, and he sees that as a possibility.

“I’m a little edgy because I know I can still play this course well whether I’m 57 or not,” he said.

“My goal isn’t to come here and just play golf.

“Win it? How can I say no. I’ll have to play unbelievable golf but if I do that Saturday and Sunday of course I’ll have a shot at winning.

“This is my favourite place in the whole world, I enjoy playing here and I feel like if I’m healthy enough to swing hard at it I can do well.”