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Brad Fritsch knew instantly his 5-iron second shot on the par-5 fifth hole at the Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., was solid.
Fritsch, playing in the second round of the Hotel Fitness Championship in the first event of the Web.com Tour Finals, had 211 yards to the front of the green and 219 to the cup on the 570-yard hole.
"I hit it solid and it was a little left, but it took a hard bounce to the right and on line with the flag. We couldn't see it, but I said, 'Okay, that must be close, that's great.'"
Fritsch and caddy Jeff Scott started walked towards the green. One of Fritsch's fellow competitors had layed up to about 100 yards. From there, they couldn't see a ball on the green.
"I was like, 'SOB, did that go over the green?' Then Jeff yelled to a guy by the green, 'where's the ball?' and he said it was in the hole."
Fritsch's first albatross dropped him to 5-under through five holes and propelled him to a front-nine 30 and an 8-under 64.
That put Fritsch in a tie for third place, two shots behind leader Jamie Lovemark. A strong finish in the first event will put him in good position to earn his way back to the PGA Tour.
There will be 50 PGA Tour cards for 2016 handed out at the end of the four-tournament series (25 have already been earned by the top 25 players on the Web.com Tour regular season money list).
The other 25 will be given to the top 25 money earners in the Finals not otherwise exempt.
Fritsch finished 37th on the Web.com Tour regular season money list.
After his round, Fritsch (@BradFritsch) tweeted:
"Knocked one off the bucket list, an albatross from 219 (211 front) with a five iron! Didn't see it go in...but love that feeling!"
The conditions were rainy, so Fritsch said it was easy to stay focused after his fast start Friday after an opening round of 71.
"You've got to keep the clubs dry, so there's that whole routine of wiping the grips. It was more work today than normal and that occupied the thoughts rather than I was 6-under through nine holes," he said.
Fritsch bogeyed the par-3 11th, but birdied 12, 13 and 15 to get to 9-under for the tournament.
Fritsch likes the courses to be demanding. He said the scoring has been a little lower at Sycamore Hills than he expected, but Saturday is supposed to be cooler with more wind.
"When you're hitting it well, that will work anywhere," he said. He said he's encouraged, too, by his work on the greens.
His putting has been in consistent this season, but he's been stroking it better lately.
"I missed some putts (Thursday), but I made my share today," he said.
Even better, he had a hole where he didn't have to putt at all.