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Fred Couples is Champions hope


         This is something you don't see every day, something you maybe haven't seen in 13 years or so: On a Sunday of tournament week, heading into the climactic round, there is more star power in the Champions Tour than on the PGA Tour. Fred Couples is leading the former.

         The irony is that the PGA Tour this week is all about star power, Bill Murray, Tom Brady et al in the AT & T Naitonal Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. But on the leader board, the event doesn't have anyone with the cachet of Couples, who is leading the 50-and-over set in Naples. Fla. Of course the whole PGA Tour is down what with the absence of Tiger Woods

           Couples' big obstacle today is the fact he must play 23 holes in a cold Florida wind (what ever happened to global warming?). It sure would be great for hte Champions Tour if Couples did win. The former Masters champion is the best thing that tour has going for it, along with Tom Watson. If they could get Greg Norman to play a little more and get rookie Paul Azinger in contention, it would really be a decent year for the seniors--who can use a boost inasmuch as it has been years since Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino were competitive out there.

           Believe it or not, some people still are trying to revive the Champions Tour's Long Island stop, which ran for more than 20 years before it was stopped last season. Eisenhower Red or Meadow Brook aren't on the sked this year, either, but a few undaunted organizers want to bring it back next year. The Tour would love to take them up on it, if only a sponsor could be found.

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