Welshmen Try to Take Home Wales Open Title

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NEWPORT, Wales -- Two weeks after Padraig Harrington became the first Irishman in 25 years to win the Irish Open, Bradley Dredge will lead a host of Welshman in the home challenge at the Wales Open.
 
At No. 66, Dredge is the highest-ranked Welsh player in the world. He will be joined in the field by Stephen Dodd, Phillip Price and at least eight other countrymen.
 
Welsh players have posted good finishes in the first seven years of this event, but none has ever won.
 
Last year's European Ryder Cup captain, Ian Woosnam, led going into the final round in 2000, but tied for third place (Woosnam is recovering from a viral infection and will not play this week). Price finished fifth that same year, and there have been nearly 10 more top-10 finishes since then.
 
Last year, Robert Karlsson parlayed an opening-round 61 into European Tour scoring records for 36 holes (124) and 54 holes (189) on the way to a three-shot win over Paul Broadhurst.
 
Karlsson only needed to shoot even-par in the final round to tie the European Tour's 72-hole scoring record, but he closed with a 2-over 71 (Celtic Manor is a par-69 course).
 
He has a chance this week to become just the third Swede to successfully defend a title in the European Tour's 35 years.
 
The GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage off all four rounds beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET on the first two days and 9:00 a.m. on the weekend. Next week is the BA-CA Golf Open, where Markus Brier won last year.
 
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