Matthews Keeps Lead Heading into Final Round

Andy Matthews leads the Michigan Open after 54 holesORCHARD LAKE - Andy Matthews of Ada remains in the lead after three rounds of the Michigan Open presented by Lincoln Mercury. The 30-year-old Canadian Tour player shot a 2-under-par 69 in the third round to remain in the lead by one stroke at 199.

Eric Wohfield of Brighton is alone in second place after shooting the best round of the day, a 6-under 65 for a 200. Defending champion Ryan Brehm of Mt. Pleasant shot 70 and is in third at 201.

“I hung in there and was extremely patient on the front side and got it to 4-under,” said Matthews, a former University of Michigan golfer. “It was a cushion I had to use on the back side unfortunately.”

Matthews double-bogeyed the 12th hole but followed that with two consecutive birdies.

“That was the best part of the round," he said. "I didn’t let the double get to me and I saw all the work I’ve put into my game paying off there.”

Wohfield is a 30-year-old club professional trying to hone his game so he can start playing for a living.

“I’ve really been working on my game and trying to play in as many events as possible," Whofield said. "I guess this 65-shows I’m getting closer.” 

Wohfield had a hot putter making a 50-footer on No. 12 for birdie and a 20-footer on number nine for eagle that really got his confidence going.

Brehm’s putter went cold on him. It’s the first time in seven rounds at Orchard Lake Country Club that he did not shoot in the 60’s.

Seventy-four players made the cut, and 31 players are under par. The purse is $70,000 with $10,000 going to the winner. The event is open to the public. Hole-by-hole scores and results may be viewed on www.michigan.pga.com and www.michigan.org.

 

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