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Fred Couples enjoying Open success

Updated: November 10, 2011, 11:45 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

SYDNEY -- If one day is any indication, Fred Couples is not simply in Australia to chaperone his players in advance of next week's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.

The U.S. captain opened the Australian Open on Thursday with a 5-under-par 67 that included two closing birdies at The Lakes Golf Club, where he was among the early leaders.

"This is probably the best ball-striking round I had all year," said Couples, 51, who plays most of his golf on the Champions Tour -- although ...

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