Fritsch chips away at PGA qualifiers

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

Brad Fritsch didn't waste any time getting himself back in contention at the PGA Tour Qualifying School yesterday.

Fritsch birdied the first two holes at Lanata Golf Club in Lanata, Tex., on his way to a 4-under par 68. That jumped him over about 25 players and into a tie for 21st spot after two rounds in the first of three stages of qualifying.

The top 23 and ties advance to the next stage after rounds three and four today and tomorrow. Fritsch opened with a 74 Tuesday and was tied for 48th.

"I think that quick start (yesterday) was important," said the 26-year-old, attending his fourth Q-school. "Right away I was even for the tournament and it was 'let's get down to business.'"

Fritsch hit wedge to eight feet and two feet on the opening holes for his fast start.

Fritsch said he is adjusting to the very grainy greens, finishing off his round by knocking in an 18-footer on 18.

His aim now is to take better advantage of the par-5s. He played them in 1-under both days, but said he left some shots out there. He missed a 3-footer for birdie on the seventh hole yesterday. He had a 2-putt birdie on the par-5 10th.

"I can do better than that," he said.

SPANISH INQUISITION: The European tour is investigating Seve Ballesteros after an alleged altercation with another Spanish golfer off the course during an amateur tournament last month. Ballesteros was a spectator at the over-35 event in Pedrena, where he lives. The player, Jose Maria Zamora, is also a tournament director on the European tour. Zamora was the tour official who penalized Ballesteros for slow play at last year's Italian Open.


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