Fritsch keeps level head

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

MARKHAM -- Brad Fritsch's struggles with consistency continued yesterday in the first round of the Canadian Open.

But this time, the pro from Manotick did a good job of scratching out an even-par 71 over the North Course and left himself in a tie for 65th and in position to take a run at making the cut today in Canada's only stop on the PGA Tour.

"SCRAPPY ROUND'

"It was a pretty scrappy round," said the 29-year-old, who has been undergoing a swing change and struggling in the first rounds of events on the Nationwide Tour lately.

"I played the last 12 holes 2-under, so it turned out okay under the circumstances."

In his last three starts on the Nationwide Tour, Fritsch has shot 79, 81 and 78 in his opening rounds and left himself no chance of making the cut.

He bogeyed the par-5 first hole yesterday when a common problem lately saw him knock the ball over the green. Fritsch has been working on making a better turn on his backswing and when he executes, he's been hitting the ball farther.

STRUGGLES WITH DRIVER

"On the first hole, that's exactly what I've been trying to avoid, what I've been struggling with. I hit a knockdown shot and absolutely flushed it over the green," he said.

He also bogeyed the fifth hole.

He struggled with his driver in the middle part of the round, finding the fescue that abounds here a couple of times and hit it in the water on the par-5 11th, but managed to save a par there.

"I played those holes one under (he birdied the 10th) and then I started hitting it a little better. I was getting chances, but didn't make any. There were a lot of tap-in pars."

He finished things off with a 12-foot downhiller for birdie on 18.

Fritsch tees off at 1:30 p.m. today for the second round.\


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