GRAND BLANC, MICH., JULY 26 -- Robert Wrenn finished with a near-record 26-under-par 262 today for his first PGA Tour victory in the $600,000 Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.
Wrenn, of Midlothian, Va., who has been on the tour since 1984, finished seven strokes ahead of Michigan native Dan Pohl. Scott Hoch was third at 270. The victory, worth $108,000, more than doubled Wrenn's career earnings to $182,796.
The record for a 72-hole tour event is 27-under shared by legendary Ben Hogan, who won the 1945 Portland Invitational with a 261, and Mike Souchak who won the 1955 Texas Open with a 257.
Wrenn, 27, whose only other win as a pro came in the 1983 Indonesia Open, pulled even with the record when his 12-foot eagle putt at No. 13, a 490-yard par-5, rolled in.
But bogeys at 14 and 16, only his third and fourth of the tournament, dropped him back to 25 under par.
He birdied No. 17, a par-3, from five feet to get back to 26 under, but on 18, a par-4, his second shot missed the green and landed in the fringe on the back. His chip rolled up to the cup but needed another fraction of a revolution to fall.
Wrenn's previous best tour finish was a tie for ninth at the 1985 Kemper Open and at this year's Deposit Guaranty, played the same week as the Masters.
Wrenn was 21-under after 54 holes.