Kneen Wins Second Michigan Open Title
TRAVERSE CITY — On a windy day at the Michigan Open, Jake Kneen took control of first place and held on to win at a 7-under overall. That’s his second Michigan Open title, with his first coming in 2018.
Patrick Wilkes-Krier held onto the lead throughout the first three rounds and entered the final day of the Michigan Open with a five-stroke lead. However, he recorded a 9-over to drop from the lead.
That opened the door for Kneen, who golfed a steady four rounds at this year’s Michigan Open (68, 71, 69, 73). He had three birdies and four bogeys in Thursday’s final round.
“There was no time to think about how nervous I was or anxious or anything like that because it was playing so difficult out there. So windy, tough pins,” Kneen said. “Just hit a great little flop there and a great putt. I don’t know. I was just so trying to stay in the moment as much as possible and not let any outside influence get to me.”
Baker Stevenson finished in second place after a great third round of a 66 on Wednesday. He finished at 5-under overall. Wilkes-Krier ended up tied for third following his 81 on Thursday, tied with Donnie Trosper.
Traverse City had a pair of golfers finish in the top 10, with Winton Munch in ninth place at even, while Scott Hebert finished tied for 10th at 1-over.