Fred Couples pulls out of Players Championship

Fred Couples pulls out of Players Championship

Fred Couples Couples earned his nickname “Boom Boom” from the long drives that resulted from a seemingly effortless swing. The Hall-of-Famer won the 1992 Masters and maintained his standing on the driving distance charts well into the latter part of his PGA Tour career.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Fred Couples has withdrawn from The Players Championship because of an illness.

Couples is a two-time winner of The Players Championship, his last title coming in 1996. He was eligible this year because he won the Senior Players Championship. Because he was an addition to the 144-man field, he will not be replaced.

The Players Championship begins Thursday at the TPC Sawgrass, with K.J. Choi as the defending champion. Others who previously withdrew from the tournament include Masters champion Bubba Watson, who wants to spend time with his new son. Dustin Johnson and Anthony Kim are not playing because of injuries.

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