NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Fred Couples won the Toshiba Classic on Sunday for his 10th Champions Tour title, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke victory.
The 54-year-old Couples shot a 5-under 66 to finish at 15-under 198 at Newport Beach Country Club. Also the 2010 winner, he made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and holed another 4-footer on the par-5 18th.
''I worked pretty hard but I drove it all over the lot,'' Couples said. ''I made some putts and when you do, you have a chance.''
Couples had to scramble on the final hole to take the outright lead. After hitting his approach over the green, he hit a flop shot to set up the birdie putt.
''I hit a 6-iron and it was way too much club,'' Couples said. ''To get up-and-down from there for me was kind of miraculous.''
Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Steve Pate tied for second. Langer had a chance to force a playoff, but missed a 20-foot birdie try on 18 and settled for a 70. ''I knew where I stood,'' Langer said. ''I asked someone and they told me Freddy birdied. I just hit a bad shot.''
Montgomerie had a 62, the best round of the week, and Pate shot a 66.
Couples became the second two-time winner in tournament history. Hale Irwin won in 1998 and 2002.
''It was a great day,'' Couples said. ''I was a little salty out there at times. I assumed someone would get to 16 under. I'm just happy I made some birdies.''
Langer's approach on No. 18 ended up left of the green up against a hospitality tent. After a drop, he chipped 20 feet past the hole and his birdie putt missed on the left side.
''I pull-hooked it and when you are left, especially short and left you have no chance,'' Langer said. ''I hit a good putt, but it didn't go in.''
Mark O'Meara, Michael Allen, Kenny Perry, Jeff Hart and Scott Dunlap tied for fifth at 13 under. O'Meara closed with a 64, Allen had a 67, Hart and Dunlap shot 68, and Perry had a 69.
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