May 7 2012
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Two-time PLAYERS champion Fred Couples has withdrawn from this year’s event due to an illness.
Couples, who had the flu and withdrew last week from the Insperity Championship on the Champions Tour, as well, gained a spot in the PGA TOUR’s signature event by winning the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship last year.
Couples, who won his seventh Championship Tour event earlier this year, is the 1984 and 1996 winner of THE PLAYERS. He was not replaced in the field because the Constellation Energy Senior Players winner doesn’t count against the 144-man field.
PGA TOUR rookie Brian Harman remains the first alternate.