It's hard to believe after a 4-under-par 68 in what some think is the most gruelling golf tournament there is, but Brad Fritsch was thinking about a couple that got away yesterday.
"If I could have made a couple of putts today, I really could have put together a good round," said the 30-year-old, who moved up to a tie for 15th at the PGA Tour Q-School in Orlando after starting the day T28. "But if you had asked me if I would take 7-under after two rounds, of course I would."
The top 25 players after 108 holes will earn their playing privileges on the PGA Tour next year.
Fritsch, from Manotick, hit 17 greens in regulation yesterday, made five birdies and one bogey and at one point got as high as a tie for fourth. Along with his opening-round 69, he sits at 7-under 137.
Kemptville's Lee Curry had a 73 yesterday and is tied for 161st at 149.
Fritsch started on the back nine at the Panther Lake Course at Orange County National and birdied the 12th, 13th and 14th holes. He made a 12-footer on 12, the only putt he made all day, he said. He hit it to six inches on 13 and chipped up to a foot on the par-5 14th for a birdie.
He two-putted the par-5 first hole from 20 feet and chipped up to four feet on the par-5 fourth. His only bogey came on the fifth hole when an approach shot -- his one poor swing of the day, he said -- clipped a tree and left him with a 25-yard bunker shot. "I just didn't want to make six there," said Fritsch.