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January 22 2011

12:07 AM

Couch’s wrist holding up so far

Early in the week, Chris Couch didn’t know if he’d even be able to play. Not only is he playing, he’s playing well.

Friday, Couch, who is playing with a sore wrist, shot a 3-under 69 on the Palmer Course, which leaves him in a tie for fourth and three shots off the lead heading into the weekend. More importantly, his wrist seems to be holding up.

”It felt good today,” said Couch, who had six birdies on the day. “I was worried earlier in the week, packing the bag, it's always something … but it's felt better every day, so hopefully it will stay that way.”

In terms of his golf, of course, Couch is just happy to be playing again after missing virtually all of 2008 and 2009 with injuries. Still, he felt he left a few shots out there.

“I made a few mistakes, but I'm still a little rusty, so I'll take 69 today,” Couch said. “I didn't feel great about my putting, but hopefully we'll get that straightened out this afternoon and get them tomorrow.” -- Brian Wacker

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