Brad Fritsch out of Canadian Open with back injury

Brad Fritsch competes in the second round of the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ont., Friday, July 26,...

Brad Fritsch competes in the second round of the Canadian Open in Oakville, Ont., Friday, July 26, 2013. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

What Brad Fritsch felt in his lower back Saturday morning was only part of the pain.

The golfer, who calls Manotick home, was forced to pull out of the RBC Canadian Open, a tournament that would have padded his bank account and put him in a better position to keep his PGA Tour card for next season.

Also big on his mind was the support he had gotten from Canadian golf fans during his two rounds at Oakville's Glen Abbey layout. He felt like he was letting them down, like he had a responsibility. Sensibility won out.

Fritsch had tweaked an ankle on Wednesday, then again Friday. That, in turn, led to an aching back.

"I didn't think much about it, but when I hit some balls after my round, I had trouble getting through the ball," said the 35-year-old Fritsch, who felt pain in his lower back. "I went out and hit a bunch of balls (Saturday) morning, but it just wasn't going to work out.


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