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Shoal Creek closed to all on Tuesday because of rain

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The USGA announced Tuesday morning that Shoal Creek will be closed the entire day because of heavy rainfall from the tropical depression passing over the region.

Players, fans, media, volunteers and all non-essential staff were alerted to the course closing.

“Due to heavy rainfall expected throughout the day and to preserve the best possible conditions to the course and grounds for the championship, the organization is asking for everyone to remain off property for the remainder of the day,” the USGA said in a release. 

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Alberto, downgraded to a tropical depression, was expected to drop anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of rain on the region through late Monday and Tuesday, with rain expected intermittently through Tuesday afternoon, with scattered showers possible in the evening.

On Monday, the USGA announced the course would be closed Tuesday morning, with the hope it could be re-opened with practice round tee times resuming at 12:20 p.m. The forecast Wednesday calls for a “moist air mass to remain in place, with a mix of sun and clouds and scattered showers,” according to Birmingham’s WBMA TV. “The weather trends drier Thursday and Friday with a partly sunny sky both days and just the  usual risk of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms.”