Ryan Brehm Wins Second Consecutive Michigan Open Title

Ryan BrehmORCHARD LAKE — Ryan Brehm of Mt. Pleasant erased a two-shot deficit to capture his second consecutive Michigan Open championship. The 24-year-old Hooters Tour player shot a final round 67 for a tournament total of 268 at the Orchard Lake Country Club.

Gary Smithson of Grand Rapids had the low round of the day with a 65 that moved him into a tie for second with Eric Wohlfield of Brighton at 270. Andy Matthew of Ada, who had led the entire tournament slipped to fourth-place 273 with a final round 74.

“I enjoyed coming from behind,” Brehm said. “It brought out the best in me. This feels really good. It’s just nice to win and beat a good field.” 
Brehm’s win last year was different in that he got out to an early lead in the first round and finished the tournament at 20-under-par which was eight shots better than second place.

Smithson charged through the field shooting 4-under on the front nine. The 42-year-old head professional at Thousand Oaks Golf Club bogeyed the last hole however, which gave Brehm the two-stroke cushion playing two groups behind.

“I feel sick to my stomach” Smithson said after the tournament. “I’m pretty disappointed with my finish.”

Wohlfield felt entirely different. He was ecstatic about his finish and hopes the $4,250 he earned today will help get him to the Tour-qualifying event in November.

“It was my worst round of the week but I’m happy with it," he said. "It was fun to play with Andy and we were hitting 60 yards behind Brehm all day with our second shots.”

Brehm earns $10,000 for his win out of the $70,000 purse. The Michigan Open will change venues next year moving to The Orchards in Washington Township.

 

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