NEWPORT BEACH — Fred Couples used his golf club for much more than striking the ball in the first round of the Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club.
He held it straight above his head Friday, constantly stretching out. He also held it behind his shoulders in the stance that Bo Jackson made famous in a poster about 20 years ago, holding a baseball bat.
Couples' relevance is not limited to that time span. He's the defending champion here, winning the title last year as part of a banner first year on the Champions Tour. But Couples, the 2010 Champions Tour Rookie of the Year, came into this year's tournament as a question mark – at least in his own mind – with a back that doesn't always want to cooperate.
"If [Thursday] was any indication, I won't break par unless I putt like a crazy man," Couples said after Thursday's Pro-Am finished up.