Manotick golfer Brad Fritsch (Barton Boatright for QMI Agency)
When Manotick's Brad Fritsch, surrounded by palm trees in the land of leis, tees it up at the Sony Open in Hawaii Thursday, there'll be a lot more on the line than the couple of hundred bucks he's been playing for in betting games with his buddies back in North Carolina.
The 35-year-old Rideau View Country Club member is hoping to carry over last year's momentum after earning his PGA Tour card with an 18th-place finish on the Web.com Tour, then tying for seventh in the gruelling Q-School. Now it's a whole new world, teeing up alongside the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson ... a dream come true.
"Hypothetically, let's say I play with Mickelson or Tiger, sure it's going to be a little bit intimidating, but I've got to think that beating them in that round would be a lot more fun than I would be nervous teeing off with them," said Fritsch. "It would just be a lot of fun to go shot for shot with them.