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Sore thumb hurts Couples' chance to make cut

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LOS ANGELES – Fred Couples won’t be around on the weekend to enjoy one of his favorite golf courses.

Struggling with an injured left thumb Friday at Riviera Country Club, Couples shot another 1-over-par 72 at the Northern Trust Open, leaving him one shot over the projected cut line when the second round was halted because of darkness.

Couples, 54, is set to miss the cut for just the fourth time in his 32 starts in the Northern Trust Open. He's a two-time winner here. Couples, who doesn’t play with a golf glove, played with a small cut on his left thumb that worsened as he played.

“I couldn’t hit the ball,” Couples told The Associated Press.