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Philadelphia Inquirer Open

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The Philadelphia Inquirer Open was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour that was played at various clubs in the greater Philadelphia area in the 1940s. The first event played as the Philadelphia Inquirer Open Invitational; it was last played in 1949. Fred Byrod was the Inquirer employee who acted as tournament promoter and liaison with the PGA.[1] At the 1945 event, Byron Nelson won the seventh of his record-setting 11 consecutive victories.[2]

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Tournament hosts

Years Course
1948–49 Whitemarsh Valley Country Club
1947 Cedarbrook Country Club
1945–46 Llanerch Country Club
1944 Torresdale-Frankford Country Club


Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Philadelphia Inquirer Open
1949 Joe Kirkwood, Jr.  United States 276 −12 4 strokes United States Johnny Palmer 2,600 [3]
1948 Johnny Palmer  United States 281 −7 4 strokes United States Ben Hogan 2,500 [4]
1947 Bobby Locke  South Africa 277 −7 4 strokes United States Matt Kowal
United States Lloyd Mangrum
2,500 [5]
1946 Herman Barron  United States 277 −3 Playoff United States Lew Worsham 2,500 [6][7]
1945 Byron Nelson  United States 269 −11 2 strokes United States Jug McSpaden 2,500 [8]
Philadelphia Inquirer Open Invitational
1944 Sam Byrd  United States 274 −10 7 strokes United States Craig Wood 6,700 [9]


  1. ^ "Fred Byrod, Class of 1993". PGA Philadelphia Section. Retrieved 2010-03-14.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Llanerch Country Club History". Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  3. ^ "Kirkwood Jr. Golf Winner". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. May 23, 1949. p. 22.
  4. ^ "Palmer Overhauls Hogan To Win Whitemarsh Golf". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. May 17, 1948. p. 18.
  5. ^ "South Africa's Bobby Locke Wins Philadelphia Golf". Pittsburgh Press. United Press. May 26, 1947. p. 18.
  6. ^ "Two in Playoff For Golf Prize". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press. June 10, 1946. p. 18.
  7. ^ "Barron Is Victor Of Golf Play Off". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press. June 11, 1946. p. 23.
  8. ^ "Nelson Shatters Course Record". The Pittsburgh Press. United Press. June 18, 1945. p. 14.
  9. ^ "Byrd Wind Philly Golf By 7 Strokes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. June 12, 1944. p. 17.
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