Couples Pulls out of Senior PGA Championship

As if trying to play golf with a chronic bad back isn't enough, Fred Couples' health problems have been compounded by skin-cancer treatment on his hands. The 1992 Masters champions told PGA Tour officials on Monday that he has skin cancer and had lesions removed from both hands.

As a result, the 51-year-old withdrew from this week's Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. He will be replaced by Blaine McCallister. Tom Wargo also dropped out because of a bad back and was replaced by John Harris. Wargo is the last PGA club pro to win the Senior PGA.

Couples doesn't think the procedure on his hands will keep him off the golf course for long. "I've got six on one hand and seven on the other. She (the doctor) said they were cancerous," he told Golf World.

"It doesn't mean I'm going to die in three weeks, but I had to get them off now."

Couples said he anticipates playing in the Memorial, a PGA Tour event that starts June 2 in Dublin, Ohio.