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Injury forces Fred Couples to withdraw

A sore back has forced Fred Couples to withdraw from the $3.5 million Air Canada Championship.

Couples, a Seattle-born player who was scheduled to make his first appearance at the event, informed tournament officials of the decision late Tuesday afternoon.

"I gather he's having a problem even getting out of bed," said tournament co-chair Led Dodson.

The tournament, which is in its last year on the PGA Tour, will be played from Thursday through Sunday.

The 42-year-old Couples is a 14-time winner on tour, including the 1992 Masters, but he finished short of the top 125 on the money list for the first time last season. He's currently ranked 144th.


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