Fritsch shoots into hunt for PGA Tour card

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

After an 81 to start Q-School, a lot of people might have written off Brad Fritsch's chances to earn his card for the 2007 PGA Tour.

Fritsch wasn't one of them.

The Manotick pro blazed around the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West yesterday in just 63 strokes -- the second-lowest round of the day -- and has put himself in position to do what no area golfer has done: Earn their playing privileges on the PGA Tour.

Fritsch goes into today's fifth round of Q-School in a tie for 31st place after yesterday's 9-under, bogey-free round.

The top 30 players and ties after tomorrow's sixth and final round earn fully exempt status on the tour next year.

Fritsch's sizzling round moved him up 59 spots on the leaderboard. He now sits at 5-under 283 after 72 holes, one shot back of the top 30.

"For sure, I am infinitely happy with where I have put myself," the 29-year-old said from California yesterday. "Everything was bang on today. I had a few wayward drives early in the round, but made a birdie out of one them and then I made all the putts I

should make."

Fritsch has staged a remarkable rally after opening with that 9-over 81 on Wednesday.

"I've just got to keep doing what I've been doing and pretend I need another real good round to get back in it.''

Today's round can be seen on The Golf Channel (4:30-7 p.m.).


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