AUGUSTA, Georgia, April 9 (Reuters) - Fan favourite Fred Couples vowed to return next year to the tournament he loves after completing his 32nd U.S. Masters on Sunday.
The 57-year-old American admitted to feeling fatigued after finishing equal 18th at one-over 289, but said the applause that greeted him as he walked up the back nine gave him a lift.
"It's a fun, great tournament," he told reporters. "I enjoy it and I'll be back next year."
Couples, who missed most of the last season with back issues, credits a specialist he brought with him to Augusta for helping him endure the taxing four rounds.
"It was very good to bring him here, and he was a big help."
Couples, who one his only Green Jacket 25 years ago, last won a PGA Tour event in 2003 at the Houston Open.
But he has also had 12 wins on the Champions Tour, including one this year.