Champions Tour stops in Texas, Couples out

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 25, 2012
With a back injury sidelining last year's winner Fred Couples, this week's AT&T Championship on the Champions Tour is looking good for the 2011 runner-up Mark Calcavecchia. ''Last year I played about as good as I could,'' Calcavecchia said Thursday, ''and lost by seven.'' If it wasn't for Couples, Calcavecchia would have won by two strokes over John Cook and Tom Lehman. Calcavecchia, Cook, Lehman, Bernhard Langer and Fred Funk are among the favorites in the 54-hole event that starts Friday on TPC San Antonio's Pete Dye-designed Canyons Course. Couples shot a 62 in the second round last year finished at a tournament-record 25-under 193. ''I don't see anybody shooting 25 under,'' Calcavecchia said. ''I hope not, because it ain't going to be me.'' Calcavecchia, despite winning once this year and having nine other top-10 finishes, isn't in form to shoot 25 under. He won the Montreal Championship in late June for his second Champions Tour victory, and had a string of four top-10 finishes snapped when he couldn't crack the top 30 at the SAS Championship and the Greater Hickory Classic in his last two starts. Calcavecchia had surgery on his right hand seven weeks ago to repair trigger finger under his ring finger. It's a condition that limited motion in his finger so much that when he bent it, he had to grab the finger with his other hand to straighten it out. ''Not to mention it hurt,'' Calcavecchia said. ''And it still hurts. I can't hit 10 or 15 balls on the range. But I take a couple of pain-killers before I play, and once I get out on the course I forget about it.'' Calcavecchia played six rounds between those two tournaments and broke 70 once. That was the last one he played, so maybe he's about to rebound. It would come at a good time. The top 30 on the money list after the tournament will qualify for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mark McNulty is 30th, $32,506 ahead of No. 31 Tom Kite. Langer leads the Charles Schwab Cup standings, 111 points ahead of Lehman. The winner will get a $1 million annuity.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL Legends (and Jose Canseco!) Have No Love For Captain America
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lochte to be summoned to appear in Rio, charged with making false report

Carlos Ruiz traded to Dodgers

Ezekiel Elliott reportedly arrived at training camp overweight

Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient

Report: Dodgers have turned down lowball offers for Puig

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit against Adam Schefter, ESPN will proceed

The Rock, Vin Diesel to settle 'rivalry' at WrestleMania 33?

Report: Browns trade former No. 6 overall pick Mingo to Pats

Harden organizing players-only minicamp with Rockets

Raiders file trademark applications for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’

U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

The 20 best boxing movies ever

Will Perriman help Ravens find elusive WR success?

Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

Five MLB players with a lot to lose down the stretch

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Bruce Arians on sideline video use: 'It helps bad coaches'

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

Golf News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

Can Perriman's return help Ravens find oft-elusive WR success?

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker