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Smithson’s Lead Down to One Entering Michigan Open’s Final Round

TRAVERSE CITY — Following two rounds where he recorded a combined 11-under, Grand Rapids’ Bradley Smithson had an up-and-down third round to sit at 12-under overall, allowing other golfers to make a run up the leaderboard.

Ann Arbor’s Patrick Wilkes-Krier had a big round alongside Smithson, including a front nine where he had one eagle and two birdies. He finished his day just one back of Smithson on the leaderboard.

Tyler Copp, another golfer from Ann Arbor, put together a solid finish with a pair of birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to move to 10-under, just two back of Smithson.

The rest of the leaderboard is loaded with golfers who could make a run in Thursday’s final round, with multiple golfers recording a 67 on Wednesday.

Grant Haefner is close behind the leaders at 8-under. Reigning champion Brett White now sits at 6-under and in fifth place. Traverse City’s Alex Scott, who finished in second place last year, also recorded a 67 on Wednesday. He’s at four-under and in sixth place. Suttons Bay alum Thomas Hursey also had a 67 in his third round to move into a tie in 10th at 2-under overall.

The final round will tee off on Thursday at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa at 8 a.m. The leaders will start their round at 11:50 a.m. with Haefner, White and Scott teeing off shortly before them at 11:40 a.m.

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