Golf: Riviera not same without Couples

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Couples’ back problems were so bad while in Pebble Beach that he couldn’t get out of bed to eat. And when he withdrew from the tournament, he couldn’t get up to leave, either. The Nissan Open won’t be the same without Couples. He has battled back problems for a while, and even though he has played an abbreviated schedule because of it, he has always left LosAngeles on his schedule. But many tour stops must be in doubt. “All I can hope for is that he’ll be back for the Masters,” Nantz said. PACIFIC PALISADES – Tiger Woods isn’t the only player who had a streak going that won’t be extended at the Nissan Open. Fred Couples, who played the Nissan Open for 25 consecutive seasons, withdrew from the event Tuesday. There was no reason cited, but it’s likely due to the same back problems that forced him to withdraw from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last week. center_img Couples has had an extraordinary career at Riviera Country Club, where he has made 23 cuts and has 12 top-10 finishes. Couples, who is 47, has played well at Riviera throughout his career. He finished fourth last year and seventh in 2003. He won the Nissan Open in 1990 and 1992 and went on to win the Masters – his only major championship – in 1992. “This hurts a lot,” said CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz, Couples’ friend and former roommate at the University of Houston. “This has always been a major for him. The way L.A. galleries took to him has to rank right up there in his career.” last_img

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