Fritsch sets menu for success

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:25 AM ET

Maybe the meat loaf will do it.

Manotick's Brad Fritsch probably needs a round of 1- or 2-under par today to advance to the next stage of PGA Tour qualifying.

Fritsch had an even-par 72 yesterday at the Lanata Golf Club outside of Dallas-Forth Worth and sits in a tie for 25th at 2-under par after three rounds of the 72-hole tournament. The top 23 and ties will advance after today's final round to the second of three stages of qualifying.

To get some luck going his way, Fritsch said he planned on doing just what he did Tuesday night before a second-round 68.

"I'm getting some takeout from Cracker Barrel (a restaurant). Meat loaf, green beans, carrots, and macaroni and cheese," said the 26-year-old Fritsch. "Don't say I'm not superstitious."

Yesterday, Fritsch started out as if he was going to make a big move. He birdied the first three holes, then missed from four feet and six feet on the next two.

A string of bogeys on the back nine cost him, including a three-putt on the island-green par-3 15th, which has been his nemesis this week. He double-bogeyed it during a first-round 74.

"It was not pretty coming down the stretch," said Fritsch. "On that stupid par-3, there's a tier in the middle of the green and it backed right down and I three-putted. On 17, I plugged it in the bunker. That was pretty much the worst shot I've hit so far.

"It would have been nice to be 3-or 4-under par and have some breathing room. Now today, I just have to go out and do it."


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