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Fritsch Makes Most Of Opportunities

Brad Fritsch is relieved.
His back, which he injured at the RBC Canadian Open in July, is strong once again. And his putter, which he battled for the second half of his rookie year on the PGA Tour, is cooperating for the first time in months.
But more than anything, a tie for second in the Web.com Tour Championship meant Fritsch wouldn’t be sitting around wondering what events he’d manage to play in the fall. He’d secured his card for the new season, and immediately jumped in at last week’s Frys.com Open, which kicked off the 2013-14 PGA Tour season. By finishing 144th on the regular-season PGA Tour money list, Fritsch would still have been able to play a restricted schedule. But he didn’t expect to get into many of the fall events with conditional status, which would have meant a long layoff. A final-round 66 pokies online on a tough Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., changed that. “It was a timely round in a timely week,” says Fritsch, who hails from a small town near Ottawa, though he now lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children. “I started playing well heading into the week. I hadn’t had any success in the first three (Web.com Tour Finals) tournaments, but it started to come together on the week off and I tried to ride it out.” That’s not the only thing that changed. Fritsch is used to taking two steps forward and then one significant step back. In the past he’s made the leap to the next level, only to stumble. That meant a move from the Canadian Tour (now PGA Tour Canada) to the Web.com Tour, only to end up back in Canada the following year while also slugging it out on the U.S. minitours.


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