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OAKVILLE, Ont. - Brad Fritsch has got some momentum going into the RBC Canadian Open which gets underway Thursday at the Glen Abbey Golf Club.
Fritsch is coming off his best finish of the season on the Web.com Tour, a tie for sixth at the Stonebrae Classic. Fritsch climbed the leaderboard on the weekend by going 8-under par with rounds of 65 and 67. That followed a second-round 66.
He started with a 72 and tweeted: "If someone could inform me that golf tournaments begin on THURSDAY, I'd be grateful. And I'd have more money. #playingfrombehind"
"If it hadn't been for a few mental errors on Thursday, I would have had a shot to win," said Fritsch. "I've been playing well, just one bogey in the last 54 holes. I didn't hit it great, but made some sick up and downs and some good putts for par.
"It's the way I feel I should be playing all the time. It was a bogey free weekend and I can take a little bit from that. I've shot a few good scores at Glen Abbey. I'm ready to play well."
That round of 72 is the only round in which Fritsch hasn't broken 70 in his last two tournaments. The $19,425 he won on Sunday pushed him over $61,000 for the season. He is now 65th on the Web.com money list which is important because the top 70 get into the season-ending playoffs which determine PGA Tour cards for next season.
Fritsch said one of things he's been focusing on is making a full shoulder turn and that's put him in a better position at the top of his swing. That's led to some strong driving, he said.
He'll be riding that thought into Glen Abbey.
The Abbey is one of those courses that has had its fair share of detractors. Designed by Jack Nicklaus in the 1970s, some players didn't like that fact it required a high fade, a shot Nicklaus was uniquely gifted to repeat.
With the changes in technology, that has become a non-factor. Everybody hits it high and far now.
Fritsch is a fan of the course. He said it is playing firm and fast, probably the firmest it's been since 2004 when Vijay Singh won in a playoff over Mike Weir.
"It should be a good test. It's a real good test when it's firm. It's tough to get it in the right conditions because it's usually in the vortex of rain that comes at the wrong time. It becomes a driver and wedge contest," he said. "It's hard to hold shots in to the green (right now) because they are shallow, especially early in the round.
(The criticism) is something I think is stuck in the golf media. Guys my age or younger don't see anything wrong with the place. It's fun to play and it's great for spectators. I like it. I haven't met anybody who thinks it's a bad golf course."
After an opening 72, Fritsch made the cut on the number with a double breaking 30-footer at Royal Montreal last year for a 68 and then had rounds of 67-64 on the weekend to rocket up the leaderboard and tie for ninth.