Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Philadelphia Open

Time once again for one of the biggest days in local golf, the Philadelphia Open. Defending champion Graham Dendler, an assistant pro at Merion, heads the field of 45 club pros and 15 top amateurs.

Here's GAP preview:

For the first time in more than half a century, the Open Championship returns to historic Llanerch Country Club. The 102nd Open Championship takes place on Wednesday, July 19, with a field of 60 players competing in the one-day, 36-hole stroke play championship. The field will be comprised of 15 amateurs from the Golf Association of Philadelphia and 45 professionals from the Philadelphia Section of the PGA.

Back to defend his championship is Graham Dendler, 34, of Havertown, Pa., an assistant professional at Merion Golf Club. Dendler defeated a strong field by a stroke last year at a difficult Aronimink Golf Club. He looks to become the first back-to-back Open winner since Frank Dobbs of Spring Ford Country Club turned the trick in 1991-92.

For the rest of the preview, tee times and tournament history, click here.

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