Mt. Pleasant Native Brehm Living Out Dream at U.S. Open

As play at the 117th U.S. Open begins Thursday at Wisconsin’s Erin Hills, one northern Michigan native will be living out his dream.

Mt. Pleasant native and current Traverse City resident Ryan Brehm is in his first year on the PGA Tour after securing a 2017 PGA Tour card by winning the Tour’s 2016 season-finale WinCo Foods Portland Open. Brehm punched his ticket to the U.S. Open by way securing one of four spots available at a sectional qualifying at Springfield Country Club in Ohio on June 5.  

"It’s my first major and I expect to go out there and stick to my game plan, be patient and take what the course is going to give me,” Brehm said. “I’m not going to change anything that I have been doing.  I’m going to, you know, stick to my guns and let the chips fall how they will."

A 2004 Mt. Pleasant alum and 2008 Michigan State graduate, Brehm, 31, won three individual MHSAA Division 2 state titles and is a three-time Big Ten champion and Michigan Open winner, having captured the event in 2009, 2010 and 2014. Brehm would return to MSU in 2010 as an assistant coach.

In 16 PGA Tour events this season, Brehm’s best finish was at 18th at the Sanderson Farms Championship last October.

Prior to competing on the PGA Tour, Brehm played on the Tour, PGA Tour Canada and the NGA Hooters Tour.

Brehm is set to tee off at 2:31 p.m. Thursday.