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Couples headlines field at Champions Tour stop
Fred Couples is taking a break from his duties as U.S. Presidents Cup captain and going back to college.

Although it’ll be the greens and fairways of The Woodlands Country Club he’ll be hitting instead of the books at his nearby alma mater at the University of Houston.

Even if he didn’t have history with the place, Couples would be swinging by anyway this Friday to defend the Insperity Championship he won by seven shots last year.

"The golf course is in absolutely perfect shape," Couples said.

"The greens are as fast and as good as any greens we'll play all year. I do like the golf course, obviously I went to school here, won last year and won the Houston Open."

While there’s no reason Couples doesn’t have a decent shot at The Woodlands, back injuries have limited his schedule on the Champions Tour to the extent that he will not factor in the Schwab Cup race.

With only two full-field events left, one man who is very much invested is points leader, Tom Lehman.

"I tend to not focus too much on the end," Lehman said.

"I don't really think too much about who's going to win, who's going to lose. I definitely pay attention to where I'm positioned, then I see what my opportunities are."

Lehman and the eight players in hot pursuit in the standings will all be entering this week, along with the man he heads by 398 points, Mark Calcavecchia.

Next week's tournament is in San Antonio, followed by the season-ending Schwab Cup championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

"I'm playing these weeks in a row, so you work hard on your game and you prepare properly," he said.

"And I know probably I'm going to have a good week or two and then we'll see where I'm at."


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