Brad Fritsch's patience pays off with birdie binge

Brad Fritsch is low Canadian in the Canadian Open opening round after firing a three-under par 67...

Brad Fritsch is low Canadian in the Canadian Open opening round after firing a three-under par 67 at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

OAKVILLE, ONT. - Patience is a virtue, says Manotick, Ont.'s Brad Fritsch.

It certainly paid off for him down the stretch at the Canadian Open on Thursday.

Fritsch birdied the final three holes at Glen Abbey to finish up with a three-under-par 69 to take honours as the low Canadian during the opening round of the tournament.

“When I was expecting something one way, it went the other, and that led to a little bit of frustration. But I stayed patient,” Fritsch said.

“Other than my second hole (a 527-yard par-5 that Fritsch bogeyed), which I was very impatient on, I played really well. This golf course gives you chances, but there are also times when you need to take a step back, like we did on 18 there, and say, ‘You know, nothing good can come from me going for the green from the rough.’ I laid up and made a nice 10 footer (for birdie), so that was really important on that last hole.”


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