Couples lighting it up at the Boeing Classic

Watching him on the Golf channel. He’s on fire.
On the 11th hole, there’s a big “Freedy” banner and UH signs with fans camped out in the backyard off the fairway

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There’s a big contingent of Coogs up there.

Instead of a spark, he delivered an explosion that rocked The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge on Saturday afternoon.

Couples, 59, used his 4-iron to send his ball over the lake, where it landed about 2 feet from the hole before taking two soft bounces into the hole. The fans packed behind the green went into an instant frenzy, a combination of joy, excitement and disbelief.

“I hit it really solid, right at it, and I don’t know how it went in,” said Couples, who gave the ball to a little girl and then signed it for her. “It just popped in. Everyone hits a lot of really good shots, but very rarely do any shots go in. … It’s a little shocking.”

The hole-in-one, the sixth of his career and his first locally since acing the fourth hole on the Jefferson Park short nine as a 10-year-old, kickstarted a remarkable stretch of golf.

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