ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK Sports) - The Senior PGA has announced that Fred Couples has withdrawn from this week's tournament at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis County.
A history of back ailments has sidelined Fred Couples from the Championship.
Couples, who was formally inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame earlier this month, informed PGA of America officials today of his inability to play this week at Bellerive Country Club.
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European Tour veteran Roger Chapman fired a 7-under 64 in the third round last year, then hung on to win for the first time on the Champions Tour.
Chapman, who played his first major on the regular tour in 1977, had never come close to winning a major prior to this. He tied for 12th at the 1991 British Open, which stands as his best finish in a major on the regular tour.
From 2009-2011, Chapman played the Senior PGA Championship and the Senior British Open each year, but never finished better than tied for 27th. That came at the 2011 Senior PGA.
Last year's Senior PGA was Chapman's first Champions Tour start of the season. He later carded four rounds in the 60s to win the U.S. Senior Open for his second major championship on the senior circuit.
This year's host course, Bellerive Country Club, has hosted the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship, the U.S. Senior Open and two U.S. Mid-Amateur championships. The course will also host the 100th annual PGA Championship in 2018.
Golf Channel and NBC will broadcast the action this week.