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March 18 2011

9:20 PM

Couch hits 9 under, tied for lead

Chris Couch, who has played just four events in 2011, has joined Garrett Willis at 9 under after sticking his approach to four feet on the par-3 17th. Coch has six birdies on the back nine, and he stuck his approach on the par-4 18th to 10 feet after a Phil Mickelson-style escape from the trees. He missed the putt, but his 64 matches the low round of the tournament.

Couch has struggled with injuries the last few years but got his card back in 2010 the hard way -- by playing through a medical exemption. Very few players are able to regain playing status that way, but Couch has racked up four top-10s in his last 27 starts.

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