Fred Couples texts, tweaks Tiger Woods

February, 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES -- Fred Couples admitted he is not much into the social networking phenomena -- he said he didn't even know what Facebook is and that he doesn't quite understand Twitter.

But he does know how to text.

Couples, 51, said he would text a few people after his 66 at Riviera Country Club put him in the lead at the Northern Trust Open.

One of them was Tiger Woods, who beat him to it Friday afternoon with a text of congratulations to Couples on his round that put him in the lead.

Couples could not resist a little tweaking of a player he expects to have on his Presidents Cup team later this year.

"I texted him back when I was coming down here [to the media center after the round]," Couples said. "I said, 'I do love this place, but if you played here you'd win 10 times.' And he didn't send me too polite a text after that.

"I'm shocked that he doesn't play here, but I guess he doesn't play well here, which I don't know why. If I can play well here, any human being in the world can play well here."

Woods has not played the Northern Trust Open since 2006, when he withdrew with an illness after the second round. He played here for the first time as an amateur in 1992, his first time playing on the PGA Tour.

With 11 appearances in the event (one at Valencia Country Club), Woods has played this tournament more than any other without a victory.

Bob Harig | email

ESPN Senior Writer


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