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    • Bernhard Langer has been dominant this season and is showing no sign of letting up. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Bernhard Langer has been dominant this season and is showing no sign of letting up. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

    Vartan Kupelian is the Champions Tour Insider and a PGATOUR.COM Contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 5 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.

    David Frost will defend his title this week at the Regions Tradition, the first of five major championships on the Champions Tour.

    Frost held off Fred Couples at Shoal Creek last year to win his first senior major. The final round was interrupted by a lightning storm and driving rain. Frost and Couples matched final-round 68s, with the champion posting a 16-under-par 272 total.

    It was Frost’s second victory of the season. He also won the Toshiba Classic, where Couples again was runner-up.

    John Cook and Esteban Toledo finished three strokes back at Shoal Creek, with Michael Allen, Russ Cochran and Duffy Waldorf another shot back at 276. Cook closed with a 66 and Toledo had a 67.

    Like each of the majors, the Regions Tradition offers double points in the Charles Schwab Cup points race to the top 10 finishers. Bernhard Langer is atop the list with 1,169 points.

    This week’s Champions Tour Power Rankings for the Regions Tradition:

    RANK

    PLAYER

    COMMENT

    1 Bernhard Langer Bernhard Langer

    Six of his seven starts have been top 3, with two victories. The other start was a 7th at Allianz. Coming off his second victory of the season, at Insperity. Shot final round 63 last year to finish T10 at Shoal Creek.

    Six of his seven starts have been top 3, with two victories. The other start was a 7th at Allianz. Coming off his second victory of the season, at Insperity. Shot final round 63 last year to finish T10 at Shoal Creek.

    2 Fred Couples Fred Couples

    Five starts on the Champions Tour, five top 5s, with a victory (Toshiba Classic) and a pair of runner-up finishes (Insperity, Mitsubishi). Finished second last year at Shoal Creek behind champion David Frost; 4th in 2012.

    Five starts on the Champions Tour, five top 5s, with a victory (Toshiba Classic) and a pair of runner-up finishes (Insperity, Mitsubishi). Finished second last year at Shoal Creek behind champion David Frost; 4th in 2012.

    3 Jay Haas Jay Haas

    He’s been out of the top 5 only once this year (12th, Toshiba Classic) and is No. 3 on the CSC points list behind Langer and Couples. Haas is fourth in Putting Average (1.697) and sixth in Putts Per Round (28.19).

    He’s been out of the top 5 only once this year (12th, Toshiba Classic) and is No. 3 on the CSC points list behind Langer and Couples. Haas is fourth in Putting Average (1.697) and sixth in Putts Per Round (28.19).

    4 Colin Montgomerie Colin Montgomerie

    He has finished in the top 10 in all six starts this year and seven straight dating back to his final event in 2013. Monty has a streak of 21 rounds at par or better. Third at Insperity behind Langer and Couples.

    He has finished in the top 10 in all six starts this year and seven straight dating back to his final event in 2013. Monty has a streak of 21 rounds at par or better. Third at Insperity behind Langer and Couples.

    5 Jeff Maggert Jeff Maggert

    A final round 2-under 70 at TPC Sawgrass moved him to T48 in THE PLAYERS. It was his best round of the week. Won his Champions Tour debut in Mississippi, then 9th at the Insperity in second start.

    A final round 2-under 70 at TPC Sawgrass moved him to T48 in THE PLAYERS. It was his best round of the week. Won his Champions Tour debut in Mississippi, then 9th at the Insperity in second start.

    … and one more to keep an eye on

    Michael Allen – Four times he’s played in the Tradition, and each time he has finished in the top 10 – T5 last year, T9 in 2012, T4 in 2011 and T2 in 2010. He’s No. 5 on the CSC points list so all signs point up.

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