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Fred Couples getting ready for Silly Season

The PGA Tour season is over, and Fred Couples is about to get busy.

Couples, also known as the ``king of the silly season,'' is playing in the UBS Cup this week at Kiawah Island, followed by the Skins Game on Thanksgiving weekend against Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam and Adam Scott.

Couples is a four-time winner of the Skins Game, and could top $3 million in career earnings.

``I would hate to say I take it more seriously than PGA Tour events, but at the same time, I've been on tour for 24 years and this is my 11th one,'' he said of the Skins Game. ``I look forward to them.''

Couples holds a share of the Skins Game record with nine birdies in 1999. He realizes not everyone likes the Skins Game, but there are few other places he'd rather be.

``I do know there are some guys who do not really care for the format because it's not to their liking, and I don't know why,'' Couples said. ``Because for me, you're in Palm Springs in November on Thanksgiving, and everyone is watching, and it's a lot of fun to be out there.''

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