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Watson, Fowler, Love and Couples to re-create 'The Match' at Cypress Point

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Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler, shown here at the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, will team up against Fred Couples and Davis Love III at Cypress Point.

Call it The Re-Match, a reenactment of golf's most famous four-ball match.

It's happening this Tuesday at Cypress Point, where the original was staged in 1956.

Way back then, the epic competition -- now known as The Match, thanks to a best-selling book of the same name -- pitted Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson against amateurs Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward in a clash of titans backed by two California millionaires intent on settling a friendly bet.

This time around, the role of the fresh-faced upstarts will be played by Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson, who'll take the tee against two elder statesmen, Fred Couples and Davis Love III.

Like the match it's modeled on, Tuesday's homage has been kept hush-hush, but club insiders say the event was the brainchild of PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. The match is being staged as a thank you to the major donors to the First Tee.

This being Cypress Point, don't expect large galleries to swarm the fairways when the match goes off at 9 a.m. Spectators will be limited to club employees and a small number of invited guests. In '56, Hogan and Nelson held off their challengers, one-up. But for anyone bent on wagering this time around, the smart money's on the youngsters.

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