Fred Couples withdraws from Canadian Open

Fred Couples has been forced to withdraw from the RBC Canadian Open with back pain.

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Fred Couples has been forced to withdraw from the RBC Canadian Open with back pain.

The popular American tweaked his oft-injured back while playing in Mike Weir’s charity tournament at Glen Abbey on Monday.

Couples made his first appearance in 13 years at the Canadian Open last July and finished in a tie for 20th.

The 49-year-old has posted some solid results on the PGA Tour this season, finishing third at both the Northern Trust Open and Shell Houston Open. He was also coming off a tie for 11th at the AT&T National three weeks ago.

Couples will serve as the captain of the American team at the Presidents Cup in October.

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