This cut hurts Fritsch

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

ANCASTER -- Brad Fritsch's grandma lightened the mood around the 18th green at the Canadian Open yesterday.

As the pro from Manotick was approaching the final green, on his way to his second-straight 74 and a missed cut, a voice was heard.

"Hey, Brad! Brad!," came the woman's voice. ''Brad, it's your grandma!"

After Fritsch putted out, a man's voice boomed, "BRAD! WAVE TO YOUR GRANDMA!" which he did, drawing laughs from the crowd in the amphitheatre surrounding the green at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

It was a final note of levity after a disappointing couple of days for the Manotick pro, who was done in by a triple-bogey 7 on the 11th hole which dropped him from 1-under to 2-over for the day and 6-over for the tournament.

TREE TROUBLE

Fritsch drove it into the trees on the dogleg left, and took two shots to get out of trouble.

"I was coming off a birdie and I was a little pumped. I was thinking if I made three or four more I could be in there (and make the cut)," he said. "I was trying to take it way over the trees and I didn't. It was up against a root and I had nothing for two shots.

"I'm a little confused right now," he admitted. "I'm coming from the narrowest course ever in Barrie (at the Canadian Tour Championship) where if you're 10 feet off the fairway you're in the junk and I drove the ball great there. Then to come here and drive it like that, I'm really disappointed."

After shooting even par on the front nine yesterday morning, Fritsch came back in at 39, making bogeys on the 13th and 15th holes.

Fritsch said if there was a lesson to be learned this week, it's sometimes you just have to take your lumps.

An example was at the first hole where he drove it behind some low-hanging branches and tried to cut a 7-iron over a bunker to get it close. Fritsch left it in the bunker and failed to get it up and down.

"I'm still learning to hit the right shots in the right spots," he said. "Sometimes you just have to be happy hitting it to 45 feet and grinding it out with two putts."

Fritsch will now focus on making another run at earning his PGA Tour card this fall. He'll play in some pro-ams and a tournament in the Azores before the first stage of Tour qualifying in October.

Meanwhile, Canadian Tour commissioner Rick Janes will visit Ottawa in the next couple of weeks to meet with promoters and golf course operators in the hopes of striking a deal to bring back the Canadian Tour to the nation's capital, perhaps as early as next year.

"Ottawa is in our plans for the 2007 and 2008 seasons," said Janes. "Ottawa is on our priority list. There are going to be discussions with some promoters."

Promoters of the successful Canadian Tour event in Montreal have designs on tournaments in Ottawa, Quebec City and Halifax, but Janes said "nothing is carved in stone."


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