Kneen Becomes Sixth Amateur to Win Michigan Open

TRAVERSE CITY – White Lake’s Jake Kneen recorded a 75 in the final round of the 101st Michigan Open Championship, finishing the tournament at 8-under for the win.

“There are a lot of great amateurs in this field that are college players or just out of college. They’re capable of winning these tournaments too. That’s what adds to the prestige of winning this tournament,” Kneen said.

He becomes the sixth amateur to win the Michigan Open. Only two amateurs have won the tournament in the last 43 years.

“For me to put my name on a trophy alongside a lot of legendary names is something special,” Kneen said. “I don’t think it’ll really hit me for a little bit but I’m super pumped right now.”

He held a five-stroke lead entering the final three holes, but Kneen struggled on 16, recording a triple-bogey and dropping his lead down to two.

“I made an absolute mess of 16,” Kneen said. “I mean I just made six bad shots and tapped in one good putt.”

James Holley finished in second place, recording a 72 in his final round.