Defending Champion Alex Knoll, PGA, Extends Lead in 99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Lititz, Pa. (September 22, 2020) — Defending Champion Alex Knoll, Glen Brook G.C., extended his lead in the 99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship, presented by Club Car and OMEGA, to two strokes after turning in a 3-under-par 69 at the C.C. of York. Knoll finds himself at 9-under-par going into the final round.

Pine Valley G.C.’s Tom Cooper, PGA, is in solo-second after he shot a 2-under-par 70, also at the C.C. of York, reaching 7-under-par for the championship.

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“It was a good day again; it’s always tough to follow a good round with another one,” said Knoll. “I was pretty proud that I came in with a 3-under score today, birdieing the last hole.”

Knoll joked that his front nine score could have been a 28, as he said he hit it “beyond excellent,” but didn’t make many putts. Knoll carded 33 strokes on the front. To hear Knoll’s full remarks following his round, click here.

Cooper, held his position in second-place, yet fell a stroke further behind after 36 holes. While Cooper had a couple of three-putts during his round, he did acknowledge he had a few longer putts drop.

“It is always nice when the long putts fall in the hole,” he said.

For Cooper’s full remarks, click here.

Spring Ford C.C.’s Rich Steinmetz, PGA, turned in the day’s lowest round, a 4-under-par 67 at Bent Creek C.C., which places him in third place at 5-under-par, four back of Knoll. Brett Walker tied Steinmetz with his 3-under-par 68 at Bent Creek C.C.

Sixty-one of the 144 Philadelphia PGA Professionals in the field made the cut to the final round to continue their quest for the William B. Packer Trophy and a berth into the 54th PGA Professional Championship, April 25-28, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Along with the trophy, the winner will earn a $9,000 first-prize out of the $72,000 purse.

The final round is scheduled for tomorrow, Sept. 23, at Bent Creek C.C. Follow the action via our live scoring by visiting and our social media channels: TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

For more information on the championship, including the week’s schedule, pairings, and more, visit the championship’s official e-publication.

Members of the media are welcome onsite to cover the championship.

The 99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA, and supported by Titleist / FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade, Golf Channel, and the PGA Tour.

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