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Fred Couples wins Skins game for 5th time

Fred Couples won the Export A Skins Game today with a total of $135,000, the fifth time in the last eight years he has won the Canadian event.

Couples could have won even more money, but he lost a four-hole playoff with defending champion Mike Weir for the final carryover of $75,000.

Sergio Garcia earned $100,000 with six skins in the two-day, 18-hole event, while Phil Mickelson, third on the PGA Tour money list, took home $50,000, all earned today at the Predator Ridge Golf Resort course.

On Monday, Couples won $75,000 on the final hole, giving him a total of $90,000 for the day. He won $20,000 today with a birdie on No. 12 and $25,000 with an eagle on the par-5 14th.

On the first extra hole, Couples and Weir both birdied No. 18, knocking out Garcia and Mickelson. They both parred the next hole, then both birdied the next. Weir finally won the carryover with a 13-foot birdie putt on the 22nd hole.

The players decided to have a little fun on the 13th hole, a 166-yard par-3 worth $25,000, by hitting the opposite way.

Fred Couples has now won five of the last eight Skins Games. Allsport.

Couples and Garcia, natural right-handers, both hit lefty, while Mickelson and Weir, natural left-handers, hit righty. All four landed their balls on the green, then putted from their opposite side.

Mickelson earned his first skin on the hole.

"I've been struggling,'' he said with a grin. No matter how I had to do it, I'll take it.''

Under the skins format, the low score on each hole wins the assigned prize money. In the case of low-score tie, the money carried over until there is a single winner.

The first three holes today were worth $20,000 each. The final six holes were $25,000 each.

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