Contemplating a Fred Couples run

Updated: April 9, 2011, 1:20 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Injections. Ibuprofen. Those are the ways Fred Couples combats his bad back. A better form of medicine was simply arriving at Augusta National.

The 1992 Masters champion is doing it again here, climbing the leaderboard at 51 years old despite a balky back that gives him so much trouble he'd rather hit a long iron into a green than a wedge.

"He can't bend over," said Joe LaCava, Couples' longtime caddie. "It bothers him over the ball more than ...

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