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Champions Tour players expect wet, cool weather

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm •  Published: May 14, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Tom Watson figures the long hitters will have the advantage at what could be a rain-soaked Shoal Creek.

Guys like Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry and Fred Couples also could have to contend with rainy, chilly and windy weather when the $2.2 million Regions Tradition starts on Thursday, the first of five majors on the Champions Tour.

Watson says the expected rain will make it tough for the rest of the field to reach the greens on the par 5 holes.

Rain shortened the pro-ams on Wednesday with more showers expected on Thursday and temperatures possibly plunging into the 40s over the weekend.

It remains to be seen if rain can slow down Langer, coming off his third victory at the Insperity Invitational and an eighth-place finish at the Masters.