Defending champ Couples (back) withdraws from AT&T

October 19, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Tournament officials announced Friday that Fred Couples, the AT&T Championship's defending champion, has been forced to withdraw from this year's event due to back problems.

"Obviously, given my success in San Antonio last year, I was really looking forward to defending my title at this year's AT&T Championship. However, my back has been an issue throughout my career and it's just not going to allow me to play next week." Couples said. "I hope I feel better and will be able to play in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale the following week."

"With or without Fred, it is still undoubtedly the strongest Champions Tour field of the year," said AT&T Championship tournament director Colby Callaway. "We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back at TPC San Antonio in 2013."

Couples joins Tom Watson (Senior PGA Championship) and Russ Cochran (Senior British Open) as the third player on the 2012 Champions Tour that was unable to defend a title due to injury.