— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — David Frost never flinched in his showdown with Hall of Famer Fred Couples even with his first major championship on the line and a late rain delay to ponder the stakes.
Frost parred the final two holes to hold on for a one-stroke victory over Couples on Sunday in the Regions Tradition, the South African's first major title in 17 attempts on the Champions Tour.
"We came in from the break and I said to myself, It's not going to be easy," Frost said. "Freddy's got nothing to lose. He's going to go out there and hit the shots and fire at the pins. I've just got to kind of accept it and be up to the challenge."
Both birdied No. 16 after play resumed with the sun shining after a delay of 1 hour, 8 minutes for lightning in a round played at times in driving rain.
Couples and Frost both shot 4-under 68, and Frost finished at 16-under 272.
It was Frost's second victory of the season and fifth career win on the 50-and-over tour.
"We both played very hard today. I don't know who wanted it more, me or him," said Frost, who took over the points lead from Bernhard Langer. "He's just such a tough competitor. I didn't think I had it in me, all the good shots he hit out there. I just had to try to stay on top of him."
The two bumped fists coming up on 18 in what had ultimately turned into a two-man duel.
"He played very well," Couples said. "I gave him pretty much everything I had. I hit some pretty good shots. I drove it pretty well. He was just better the whole day. He stayed one ahead and that's where we ended up."