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Fred Couples revels in 'beating' Tiger Woods

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 30, 2013

Fred Couples, 53, reveled in a special day with Tiger Woods and Keegan Bradley Thursday in the first round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Couples enjoyed the fact that he shot a 2-under par 70, one shot better than Woods. Bradley also finished 1-under, but it was the rare matchup with Woods that had Couples excited afterward. 

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Weight Watchers diet helped Nicklaus in 1969

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 29, 2013

Jack Nicklaus revealed Wednesday he turned to a Weight Watchers diet after tiring while playing 36 holes one day during the Ryder Cup in 1969.
The Memorial Tournament founder and host said he got up to 210 pounds during his “Fat Jack” days early in his career. Standing nearly 6-foot, he said it wasn’t an issue until that long day in ‘69, ‘the first time in my life I got tired.”
During a 73-minute press conference at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Nicklaus said he told his wife Barbara on the plane ride home from the Ryder Cup he was going to lose 20 pounds.
“A friend of mine had just used the Weight Watchers diet, I said, ‘Let me try your diet,’” he said. “I put on my shorts and a pair of golf shoes and went to the golf course with four or five clubs. I would hit and run around the golf course.
“I lost 15 pounds in two weeks … I actually ended up losing another five. I went from 210 to 185.”
Asked to describe what he meant by running around the golf course, Nicklaus said he played 18 holes in about an hour and a half.
Nicklaus was so confident he would reach his goal weight that he said he called a tailor at Hart, Schaffner and Marx, which he represented, and told the company to send someone down in two weeks to make alterations to his clothes.
Nicklaus said he originally feared the weight loss would hurt his game. That was quickly disproved.
“I went down to Kaiser International at Silverado, my first tournament, and won that,” he said. “I went to Las Vegas the next week and won that. Went to Hawaii the next week and finished second there. It didn’t hurt my golf game too badly.”
Nicklaus, now 73, said he didn’t start running until his 30s and began lifting light weights in his late 30s. He said he played in a recreational basketball league until he was 40 and still enjoys tennis.
“But I was not like the guys today,” he said. “Not even the football players lifted weights when I played. Fitness programs were not there. I would have liked to have had it because I was pretty disciplined when I played and I think it would probably have helped me.”
 

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Memorial Tournament tee times

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 28, 2013

Defending champion Tiger Woods goes off No. 1 at 1:16 p.m. in Thursday's first round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. He will be paired with Keegan Bradley and Fred Couples.

On Friday, they start at No. 10 at 8:26 a.m.

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Norv Turner to speak at Akron Browns Backers banquet

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 6, 2013

Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will be the featured speaker and linebacker D’Qwell Jackson be on hand to accept the Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award at the 34th annual Akron Browns Backers banquet May 20 at the Tangier restaurant.

Also honored will be Dave Robinson, a longtime Akron resident who is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013, and Clarence Scott, inducted into the Browns Legends in 2012.

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