Fred Couples pulls out of Players Championship

Fred Couples has withdrawn from The Players Championship because

of an illness.

Couples is a two-time winner of The Players Championship, his

last title coming in 1996. He was eligible this year because he won

the Senior Players Championship. Because he was an addition to the

144-man field, he will not be replaced.

The Players Championship begins on Thursday at the TPC Sawgrass,

with KJ Choi as the defending champion. Others who previously

withdrew from the tournament include Masters champion Bubba Watson,

who wants to spend time with his new son. Dustin Johnson and

Anthony Kim are not playing because of injuries.