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2012 Players Championship: Fred Couples Withdraws From Tournament

Fred Couples has withdrawn from the 2012 Players Championship. Couples cited illness as his reason for pulling out of the tournament, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Couples is not the only high profile golfer sitting out the upcoming tournament at TPC Sawgrass. This year's Maters champion Bubba Watson will also be at home, spending time with his infant son. Dustin Johnson and Anthony Kim are out with injuries.

Couples has won The Players Championship twice in his career; his last win at TPC Sawgrass came in 1996. A win in the Senior Players Championship qualified him for the field this weekend. The PGA will not replace him because he was an addition to the regular field of players.

The Players Championship starts on Thursday. K.J. Choi won last year's tournament.

We'll keep you up to date with all the latest news and updates for this tournament in this StoryStream, but you can head to Waggle Room or the SB Nation golf hub page for more on the PLAYERS.

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