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U.S. Senior Open: Golfers, spectators will battle high temperatures this week at Oak Tree National

Years spent in the central Oklahoma heat could prove helpful for locals like Scott Verplank when competing against players such as Bernhard Langer, who was born in Germany.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer Modified: July 7, 2014 at 5:46 pm •  Published: July 7, 2014

Bernhard Langer stood on the practice green at Oak Tree National on Monday morning before even starting his practice round.

He wiped his brow.

“I try to get away from the sun, but it always finds me,” he said. “It sure is hot.”

Temperatures were already in the 80s at 11 a.m. While golfers were still on the course into the afternoon, it was 96 degrees.

Forecasts indicate highs will be in the upper-90s all week, giving local golfer Scott Verplank an interesting dichotomy.

He said he was glad to wear slacks out at his home course because of the major tournament feel. The heat, though, made simply walking nine holes a challenge. In that regard, Verplank’s knowledge of the course might not be his only advantage.

Years spent in the central Oklahoma heat could prove helpful when competing against players such as Langer, who was born in Germany.

“You have to come prepared for this type of stuff,” Verplank said. “You can’t get prepared today or tomorrow. I think everybody knew coming here that chances are it’s going to be hot and windy, and it is what it is.”

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