Fritsch gets shot at PGA qualifying tourney

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

Brad Fritsch's confidence could be heard right through the phone line, all the way from Texas.

The 26-year-old from Manotick tees off today in the first stage of the PGA Tour's qualifying tournament at the Lanata Golf Club in Lantana, Tex. There are rounds today through Friday with the top 23 and ties advancing to the second stage.

This is Fritsch's fourth shot at getting his PGA Tour card. He's made it through the first stage twice.

"I'm playing good. It's just a matter of getting it done," said Fritsch from Texas last night. "I just have to keep my focus and keep my concentration and not think about how important this is. I got to the second stage a couple of times and when I go back and think about it, I wasn't nearly the player I am now."

Fritsch has a lot of reasons for being confident.

He's in his best year as a professional, coming off a year on the Canadian Tour that saw him finish 19th on the Canadian Tour's Order of Merit (the fourth-best Canadian) with $30,774. He had four Top-10 finishes in his last six events on the Canadian Tour, capping things off with a tie for second at the Bay Mills Open Players Championship. He was named the most improved Canadian on the CanTour in 2004.

He's starting to feel like his game is good enough. He watched PGA Tour players at the Bell Canadian Open while he caddied for David Mathis, a friend and fellow player on the Canadian Tour.

"I sat there this year and kind of laughed watching a couple of those guys. I was like, 'you kidding me?' There are a couple of guys (on the Tour) who can't hit it out of their shadow," he said. "But it's not the physical part, it's keeping your concentration and focus."

The second stage will take place next month with the final stage from Dec. 1-6 in La Quinta, Calif.


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