Couples To Replace Payne

Fred Couples will replace the late Payne Stewart in the Skins Game, event organizers said Tuesday.

"I'm very honored to be chosen to replace Payne Stewart," Couples said. "He was a very special person to all of us, not just in the world of golf."

Couples said his charitable contribution for the Nov. 27-28 event at Landmark Golf Club will be made to the Payne Stewart Memorial fund of the First Orlando Foundation.

Couples will join Spanish teen star Sergio Garcia, David Duval and Mark O'Meara in the $1 million competition.

Stewart died Oct. 25 in a plane mishap.

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