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Fred Couples withdraws due to back

Updated: August 24, 2012, 5:37 PM ET
Associated Press

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Fred Couples withdrew from the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic on Friday because of back problems on the first hole.

Couples, from Seattle, has a long history of back issues and took three weeks off before the tournament.

After his drive on No. 1 at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Couples lagged behind partners Mark O'Meara and John Cook and rubbed his lower back. When Couples reached his ball, he had a conversation with O'Meara and the two fist pumped. O'Meara and Cook ...

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