Fred Couples is the biggest attraction on the Champions Tour that features a parade of former stars. And he has committed to return to the Constellation Senior Players Championship that begins next week at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.
Couples, the 2011 champion and an eight-time winner on the Champions Tour, has four top-five finishes this season. And he is coming off a second-place finish at the Regions Tradition, the tour's second major of the season.
But, at 53, he remains competitive on the PGA Tour, as well.
He has made the cut in all three tournaments he has played this season, finishing tied for 13th at the Masters after being one shot from the 36-hole lead.
Couples was the 36-hole leader last year at Fox Chapel and was bidding to become the only player other than Arnold Palmer to win the event two years in a row. But, bothered by a stiff back that hampered his ability to swing, he shot 70-71 on the weekend and finished tied for fourth behind winner Joe Daley.
Couples was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May along with Colin Montgomerie, who is also in the field at Fox Chapel. Montgomerie will be making his senior tour debut.
The Champions Tour will be in Glenview, Ill., this week for the Encompass Championship. The top 76 players on the points list after the Encompass Championship will qualify for the Senior Players.
Gerry Dulac: email@example.com; twitter: @gerrydulac First Published June 18, 2013 5:30 PM