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Originally published Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8:43 PM

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Fred Couples makes cut, gives up Super Bowl tickets

Because Seattle native Fred Couples made the cut at the Dubai Desert Classic, the golfer will be giving up Super Bowl tickets he bought about six months ago.


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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Seattle native Fred Couples is giving up the Super Bowl tickets he bought about six months ago.

Couples, 54, would be attending Sunday’s game if he played the last two holes in the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic at even par or worse. But he made birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 for a round of 71 Friday and was at 3-under-par 141 for 36 holes, two strokes inside the cut line.

Thus he will spend the weekend golfing.

“Call me stupid,” said Couples, who told ESPN.com he paid “a lot of money” for the tickets but said his goal was to keep playing.

According to the website, Couples said he had a hunch the Seahawks would be in the Super Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J., and bought tickets partly because he thought chronic back problems might keep him from competing in the Dubai event.

“I tried to bogey (No. 16) and I did,” a joking Couples was quoted as saying on ESPN.com. “I tried to bogey 13, the par 5, and I did. I just couldn’t butcher enough holes.”

Couples said he plans to watch the Seahawks play Denver on television at a United Arab Emirates airport. Because of the time difference, he will have to be in front of a set at 3:30 a.m. Monday to see the kickoff.



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