Fritsch falls back in PGA card race

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

Manotick's Brad Fritsch lost a little ground at the PGA Tour's Q-School yesterday.

That was the bad news.

The good news is even after slipping from a tie for 21st to a tie for 55th after a 1-over 73 yesterday on the Crooked Cat course at Orange County National in Orlando, Fla., Fritsch remains only three shots out of earning a trip to play on the PGA Tour next year.

With four of the six rounds in the books, Fritsch sits at 7-under-par 281. The top 25 players and ties will earn their 2008 PGA Tour cards. Ten-under-par 278 is currently good for a tie for 25th place.

OPTIMISTIC

With two more rounds to go, Fritsch is optimistic.

"The way I look at it, there are nine par-5s left and there's no reason I can't birdie all of them because I can reach all of them," said the 30-year-old, who played on the Nationwide Tour last year.

The next 50 golfers after the top 25 and ties after tomorrow's final round will earn fully exempt status for the Nationwide Tour.

Fritsch had his first back-to-back bogeys of the tournament to start his round yesterday and couldn't get back to even par, making just one birdie the rest of the way. He ground out a par on 18 after missing the fairway, making a six-footer.

"I just need to drive it a little better," he said.

Kemptville's Lee Curry, meanwhile, posted a 7-under-par 65 yesterday -- tied for the second-lowest round of the day -- and rose from 164th place to a tie for 130th.

EVEN PAR

That's important because the results of this tournament are used to seed players for entry into Nationwide events next year.

He now sits at even-par 288 for the tournament.


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