Return to PGA Tour not in cards for Fritsch

October 3 2015


It looked like Brad Fritsch was going to do it again, stage a late rally to keep alive his chances of playing on the PGA Tour in 2016.

But a poor tee shot and a bogey on the 18th hole at the Dye Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass Friday means Fritsch will be back on the Web.com Tour again next season.



The Rideau View member had rallied with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to get to 3-under on the day and claw his way back to the cut line of even par in second round of the fourth and final event of the Web.com Tour Finals.

He had entered the week 30th in the Finals standings with the top 25 earning PGA Tour cards for next season.

But Fritsch pulled a hybrid off the tee and was lucky not to have the ball wind up in the water down the left. With the ball perched on the edge of the hazard, he pitched it back to the fairway.

His wedge from 150 yards went long, he fluffed the pitch and then rolled in about an 18-foot putt for bogey.

He had a 68 Friday, but his opening 73 wound up to be too much to overcome.

"I'd striped two drivers on 16 and 17, but it's just not something we do on 18, we don't hit driver there so I hit a hybrid and just quick swing it. I hit it up the left and somehow it miraculously stayed out so it gave me a chance," Fritsch told the Golf Channel just minutes after the finish.

"Then I hit a poor wedge and missed the green. The chip, it was lying really nice and I didn't want to drop it with the grandstand behind me. I thought, 'man, it's just a perfect lie,' and it wound up being too perfect and I went right underneath it. I made a good putt, but I don't think that will do it for the week, so (it's) disappointing."

Fritsch showed a lot of class doing the interview so soon after what was clearly an emotional finish. He was asked what his feelings were when he sees that chip come up short and the realization his shot at getting back to the PGA Tour is gone for next season.

"Today I was starting from so far behind, plus-three yesterday. I had a great start so I was back in it and then hit it in the water on 11, which was stupid and then made those great birdies on 16 and 17 so I was back and forth all day, just grinding," he said.

"Then when I fluffed that chip shot, I'm like I don't know what to say. 'Okay, I'm not working on the PGA Tour next year.' I'll be on this Tour, which is fine. It's just disappointing, for sure."

It was a rollercoaster round. Fritsch birdied the first, third and fifth holes on the front nine to make the turn in 32, but double bogeyed the par-3 11th. He bounced back with a birdie on 12, bogeyed 14 and then rallied with the birdies on 16 and 17 to get back to the cut line.

Fritsch.com, who won the Web.com Tour qualifying tournament last year, was 37th on the Web.com money list this season with $116,804.

He has status on the 2016 Web.com Tour on the strength of finishing in the top 75 money winners on the Tour in the regular season.

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