Fred Couples withdrew from the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship today because of a back injury. The tournament practice rounds start Monday at Oak Tree National with competition play running July 10-13.
Couples, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open runner-up, was fully exempt and will be replaced by John Harris, of Minneapolis, the first alternate from the Byron, Minn., sectional qualifying site. Harris is the winner of the 1993 U.S. Amateur Championship and a four-time USA Walker Cup Team member. He shot 74 at Somerby Golf Club June 12.
Along with the famed Couples, popular player Craig Stadler also withdrew today from the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship because of a back injury.
Stadler, who tied for seventh at the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Senior Opens, was fully exempt and will be replaced by David Ishii, of Aiea, Hawaii, the first alternate from the Honolulu sectional qualifying site.
Ishii, who will compete in his third Senior Open, shot 71 at Waialae Country Club June 16.
In addition today, Australia’s Graham Marsh dropped out of the Edmond tournament because of an undisclosed injury.
Marsh, who won the 1997 U.S. Senior Open and was the runner-up in 1994, was fully exempt and will be replaced by Bruce Vaughan, of Hutchinson, Kan., the first alternate from the Glen Ellyn, Ill., sectional qualifying site.
Vaughan, who will play in his seventh U.S. Senior Open, shot 69 at Village Links of Glen Ellyn June 23. He won the 2008 Senior British Open Championship.
TICKETS for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship are still available at www.2014ussenioropen.com or at any Buy For Less or Uptown Grocery locations. Weekly tickets are $125 (good Thursday through Sunday with parking). Trophy Club tickets are $225. Daily tickets go for $40 for championship rounds and $20 for practice rounds. Kids 17 and under are admitted free of charge. Volunteer opportunities are still available.