AUGUSTA, Ga. — It was announced on Monday that fan favorite Fred Couples will miss the 2016 Masters with “acute back pain.” Couples has played every Masters since 1994 and finished in the top 20 in five of his last six appearances.
Couples likely wasn’t going to contend this year (he’s 10 years older than the oldest Masters winner ever), but a spot on the weekend might have just opened up now that he’s out of the mix.
Couples. of course. was the 1992 champion and has played in 31 of these things. I wrote earlier this year that he had a real chance to break the all-time record of 52 Masters played by Gary Player.