Couples will rest re-group for Masters


LOS ANGELES – Fred Couples hopes he’ll find some relief in the mystery treatment he’s planning to get on his ailing back on Monday.

After faltering in the final round of the Northern Trust Open, Couples has his eyes on another famed course that brings out the best in him.

Couples said he’ll probably play just two more events – The Champions Tour Toshiba Classic and the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open – before teeing it up at Augusta National. Couples, who won the Masters in 1992, made a serious run at a second green jacket last year before finishing sixth.

Couples will get three weeks rest before playing Toshiba. He won't divulge what unusual new treatment he's got planned for his back.

“It feels terrible,” Couples said. “I feel like if I was playing another course this week, another tournament, there’s no way I would have played well. This is just my favorite course. Literally, if you watched me today, I slapped it around and shot 73. I’m highly disappointed. There were a lot of 73s out there, but this is a great course for me. If this were Bay Hill, I probably wouldn’t have made the cut.”