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U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples shot a 3-under 68 for a share of the lead with assistant captain Jay Haas after the first round of the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Championship on Thursday. Couples, coming off a victory three weeks ago in San Antonio, had six birdies and three bogeys at TPC Harding Park, the site of the United States' 2009 Presidents Cup victory in his first year as captain. Haas had four birdies and a bogey. David Frost and Michael Allen were a stroke back and Charles Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman matched Kenny Perry and Rod Spittle at 70. A day after Couples spent nearly 30 minutes once again defending his decision to include Tiger Woods on the American team that will play at Royal Melbourne later this month, he was much more relaxed on the course, especially early. He got off to a quick start with birdies on five of the first nine holes and held a two-stroke lead midway through the back nine before running into trouble in the ...
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