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June 12, 2014

Brehm surges to big lead in the Michigan Open

HIGHLAND — A record-setting day has Ryan Brehm on the brink of winning his third Michigan Open title.

Brehm shot a course-record 9-under-par 63 on Wednesday to take a seven-shot lead heading into the final round at Prestwick Golf Club.

Brehm is at 21-under-par 195 after three rounds, giving him a comfortable lead on Petoskey’s Joey Garber, who shot a 6-under 66 and lost ground to the Mount Pleasant native and Grand Rapids resident. Brehm, who plays on the PGA Tour Canada, won the Open title in 2009 and 2010.

Brehm birdied his last four holes and had 10 birdies total.

He topped the previous course record from the back tees by two shots.

Grand Blanc’s Willie Mack III, who started the day tied for first with Brehm, is one shot behind Garber in third.

Brehm is within reach of the all-time tournament scoring record of 23-under-par set in 1948 by Chick Harbert and matched by 2012 winner Barrett Kelpin.

Ten shots off the lead at 205 are a trio of golfers, including six-time champion Scott Hebert of Grand Traverse Resort, 2007 Michigan Open champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon and Henry Do, a University of North Carolina golfer from Ypsilanti.

Defending champion Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood shot 72 for a total of 210.

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