October 27, 2012
Fritsch on track at Web.com Tour
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
MCKINNEY, TEX. - Fellow Canadian Adam Hadwin is anxious to see Brad Fritsch, his roommate this week, earn his 2013 PGA Tour card Sunday.
Fritsch is pretty much mathematically assured of finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour when play concludes Sunday for the season and the cards are handed out to the graduates, many of which will be fulfilling a life-long dream of getting to golf’s major league (Fritsch already has earned more than what the projected 25th man will earn) .
Hadwin, of Abbotsford, B.C., would love to see Fritsch graduate to the big time because then, just maybe, Fritsch won’t charge him for making Fritsch’s luggage overweight for the trip here for the Web.com Tour Championship. The zippers on Hadwin’s travel bag broke and he couldn’t open them to add his plastic alignment sticks players use as a teaching aid and his umbrella. Fritsch warned Hadwin his bag was close to the weight limit and when Hadwin’s stuff put him over, he told Hadwin he’d have to pay the fee.
“I hope he puts a good round together Sunday and I hope a PGA Tour guy would forget about something like that,” said Hadwin.
HEAR AND THERE: Hadwin and Fritsch are sharing a hotel room this week which they found on the Internet for $39.
Total. Like $20 a night, each.
“He’s pretty stingy when it comes to that sort of thing,” said Hadwin. Hadwin said Fritsch is a good roommate. “He’s quiet. He’s a family guy so he just likes to go back to the room and talk to his family. He’s clean and not too disorganized. Everything is in his corner. We enjoy each other’s company and it’s nice to have somebody to go to dinner with.” Hadwin said Fritsch does have a tendency to break wind on a regular basis, “but fortunately it doesn’t smell, otherwise there would be trouble if it did.” Okay, then...Fritsch said Hadwin is “a simple guy to room with, though he tends to walk around in his underwear a little too much for my liking.”
THE BUZZ: It’s going to be interesting Sunday because there is some movement in “The 25” shaping up. Michael Putnam is in fourth place going into Sunday. He was 30th to start the week at about $151,000 and fourth is worth $48,000 which would put him inside that $180,000 mark expected to mark the 25th spot. Doug Labelle II, who started the week in 26th spot, had a 68 Saturday to move into a tie for 19th and that might put him over the $180,000 mark, too. The guy on the bubble is Camilo Benedetti in 25th place. He had a 66 Saturday to boost his chances of hanging on, though he is projected to come up about $4,000 short of the $180,000 mark now...Making the top 25 is the priority, but after that moving up the rankings is important because it can improve the chances of getting into PGA Tour events early next season. Players need to make cuts and earn some money to move up the rankings when they are reshuffled periodically during the season.
TAP-INS: Fritsch will tee off at 10:30 a.m. local time Sunday (11:30 a.m. EDT) in a group with David Lingmerth and Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer...Hadwin is off at 10:54 a.m. local time with Brice Garnett and Morgan Hoffmann.