Couples' back is suffering from busy schedule
"I don't think I'll be playing six weeks in a row ever again," Couples said late Wednesday afternoon after a practice round for the Senior PGA Championship at Colorado GC. "Now I have to start figuring how many weeks off it's going to take to feel better. I took three weeks off, and it doesn't feel any better than when I stopped playing before the [Players Championship]."
Couples won his third senior event of the year, the Cap Cana Championship, on March 28. That was the first of a half-dozen straight tournament appearances as he split time on the PGA and Champions tours. He hasn't competed since withdrawing prior to the start of the Players.
"If I could have taken a couple of weeks off, I probably would have been better off, but it's hard to skip a couple of [PGA Tour] tournaments you want to play, and then there were a couple of Champions Tour events I [also played]. I think I just kind of overextended it."
A stiff and painful back is not what Couples wanted to have to deal with for the senior's first major of 2010, and along with a strong wind that has buffeted the course so far this week, it is tempering the confidence he has gotten from a 65.86 scoring average on the senior tour and a sixth-place finish at the Masters. Still, it's not an unfamiliar situation for him.
"I've played a long time with [my back] feeling that way," Couples said, "it's just hard to play well a lot of days. You can get lucky for a day or two ... It'll be interesting to see how I play tomorrow. Any golf course is hard in the wind, but when you're up at this elevation and trying to hit an 8 -iron from 220 yards, it takes a lot of finesse and savvy to be able to do that ... Maybe I can scramble around and shoot a 74 or 75 -- it won't be a bad score. It's a big-time course. I think we're all going to struggle."
-- Bill Fields