Fritsch needs to make up eight shots

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

Manotick's Brad Fritsch stayed out of the water yesterday at Q-School but all he could do was pretty much tread water on the leaderboard.

Fritsch had an even-par 72 on the Stadium Course at PGA West and sits in a tie for 90th place at 4-over 220 at the halfway point in the finals of PGA Tour qualifying.

The top 30 players and ties will earn fully exempt status on the PGA Tour for next year when the six rounds of Q-School wrap up Monday.

Fritsch improved by nine shots yesterday over his opening round 81 on the Stadium Course (the tournament is being played over two courses at PGA West. Fritsch had a 5-under par 67 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course in the second round).

Fritsch, who was tied for 85th after the second round, currently sits eight shots back of a tie for 30th place with three rounds to go.

"It was a solid round (yesterday). I'd say it was probably average (compared to the rest of the field). The good thing is I have two rounds left on the Nicklaus course," said the 29-year-old.

Fritsch teed off on the back nine of the tougher Stadium Course yesterday, facing a stretch of four holes where he went 8-over par in the first round. He parred the four holes yesterday.

"I beat myself by eight shots on the first four holes (yesterday). I was so excited," he joked. "And I made a birdie out of a divot on the last hole, so that was a good end."

Australia's Paul Gow leads the way after a 65 yesterday for a three-round total 203.

David Morland IV of Aurora is the top Canadian in a tie for 38th spot after a 69 yesterday and a total of 3-under par 213.

Today's fourth round will be broadcast on The Golf Channel from 4:30-7 p.m.


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