Couples withdraws on first hole with back problemsFred Couples, who won the Senior British Open last month, withdrew from the Boeing Classic on Friday.August 24, 2012
Champions Tour staff
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Local favorite Fred Couples withdrew from the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic early in the first round with lower back problems on Friday.
A recent winner at the Senior British Open, Couples was looking forward to playing in the Boeing event near his hometown of Seattle.
"I didn't feel very good warming up. I hit the tee shot at No. 1 and then my lower back really locked up when I walked down the hill to my second shot. It was like a bomb went off in my lower back. I think it's time to rest. I'm sad I won't be able to play in this year's event. For this to happen to me in Seattle, this is a rough one," Couples said.