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Couples will play in Hawaii


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POSTED: Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fred Couples turned 50 in October, and he could not have picked a better Champions Tour event to make his debut.

The “;King of the Skins”; will play in the Champions Skins Game in Hawaii on Jan. 16-17, joining a Hall of Fame cast that includes Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw and Nick Price.

While the original Skins Game held over Thanksgiving weekend has been canceled, the 50-and-older version lives on in paradise at Royal Kaanapali. The total purse is $770,000, and it features two-man teams playing alternate shot.

“;I could not think of a better way for me, personally, to start on the Champions Tour than to play in this format and have the chance to hang out with this group of players,”; said Couples, who will be paired with Nick Price.

Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw will try to become the first team to repeat in the Champions Skins Game.

Nicklaus and Watson will be teammates again, and the fourth team is Gary Player and Loren Roberts.