Canadians go 0-for-27 in U.S. Open qualifying

Canadian Brad Fritsch fell one shot short of getting into a playoff to qualify for the U.S. Open in...

Canadian Brad Fritsch fell one shot short of getting into a playoff to qualify for the U.S. Open in Memphis Monday. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

Mike Koreen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

The longest day in golf won’t go down as a banner day for Canadians.

While a few of the country’s top pros and amateurs made respectable bids for some of the 56 U.S. Open berths up for grabs on sectional qualifying Monday, disappointment was the overriding theme of the day

All told, Canadians went 0-for-29 in the 36-hole events at 10 courses. That means Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., whose strong 2013 season and current world ranking (32nd) gets him direct entry, will be the lone Canadian next week at Pinehurst.

The closest Canadian call Monday was Brad Fritsch. The PGA Tour member from Manotick, Ont., came on strong in the second round in Memphis with a 66, but fell one shot short of getting in a playoff and a shot at one of 13 Open openings at his site.

“Argh. Left it in the heart on the last hole, two inches short,” tweeted Fritsch, who will stay in Memphis to compete in the FedEx St. Jude Classic later this week.

 


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