PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Fred Couples, 2011 Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship champion, has committed to the 2013 event, tournament officials announced Tuesday. Couples is an eight-time Champions Tour winner, and has four top-five finishes on the Champions Tour this season. The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS returns to Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., from June 25-30.
Couples is coming off a runner-up finish at the Regions Tradition, the Champions Tour’s second major of the season. Couples collected his other three top-five finishes this season at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (4), Toshiba Classic (2) and the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf with partner Jay Haas (T4). In May, Couples was inducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame along with Colin Montgomerie, who is also in the field. In his last two starts at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, Couples has brought home a win and a T4 finish, in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
This week’s Encompass Championship in Glenview ,Ill., is the last chance for players to qualify for the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS. The top 76 players on the points list after the Encompass Championship will qualify for the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS from June 25-30.
Since 1992, the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS has raised more than $8.5 million for charity, and continues its efforts this year. At the tournament, Constellation’s grants will help to support organizations and activities in the areas of education, youth development, affordable housing, and family support services.
The First Tee of Pittsburgh is a beneficiary of the tournament. The funding The First Tee received last year for the Deacon Palmer Endowment Fund continues in 2013 to allow participation for children in The First Tee of Pittsburgh Life Skills Clinics that seamlessly blend golf activities and life skill instruction.
Other benefitting charities in 2013 include: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh; The Pittsburgh Promise; Economics Pennsylvania; Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh; Woodlands Foundation; Extra Mile Education Foundation; Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh.
The Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS is the third of five major championships on the 2013 Champions Tour schedule and will feature a field of 81 of the game’s greatest players. With its standing as a major championship, the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS awards double Charles Schwab Cup points to the top-10 finishers.