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Couples WDs from Phoenix Open

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TIMONIUM, MD - OCTOBER 12: Bernhard Langer of Germany hits his drive on the first tee during the final round of the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship at Baltimore Country Club East Course held on October 12, 2008 in Timonium, Maryland (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)  - 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – After receiving an exemption into this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Fred Couples has withdrawn one day before the opening round.

The official reason given was an “illness.”

Couples will be replaced in the field by Ken Duke.

He is the second big-name player to withdraw in as many days. On Tuesday, Nick Watney pulled out of the field due to illness.