June 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Ryan Brehm storms to commanding seven-shot lead at Michigan Open

Grand Rapids' Ryan Brehm hits his tee shot on No. 14 on Wednesday. (Special to Detroit News)

Highland, Mich. — Ryan Brehm is taking all the drama out of the 97th Michigan Open Champioship at Prestwick Gold Club.

Brehm, a Mount Pleasant native and Grand Rapids resident, shot a course-record 9-under 63 on Wednesday to take a seven-shot lead into Thursday’s final round of the tournament.

First place is $8,500 and a one-year lease on a new Cadillac.

“I’m scoring well,” Brehm said. “I’ve hit some pretty ugly shots actually, but my decision-making has been good so those shots didn’t hurt me that bad. When I’ve had to get up and down to save a shot here or there, I’ve been able to do that.”

Brehm, a PGA Tour Canada member who won the Michigan Open in 2009 and 2010, made birdie on his last four holes Wednesday, and had 10 birdies on the round.

He bested the course record by two shots.

Seven back is Petoskey’s Joey Garber, and eight back is Grand Blanc’s Willie Mack III.