It goes without saying that Sunday was a special day for Brad Fritsch, who came from nowhere to shoot a final round 66 and tie for second at the WebDotCom Tour Championship.
As a result, Fritsch finished 14th among graduates to the PGA Tour from the four-event WebDotCom Tour Finals, a series he began by missing three consecutive cuts. For more details, click here.
Fritsch will get right down to business, starting his second consecutive year at next week’s Frys.com Open in California, but what he accomplished on Sunday goes beyond just earning his ticket back to the PGA Tour.
“It didn’t take an unbelievable round of golf. It just took a really good one,” said Fritsch.
“I think the way I did it, it was weird for me. I made nine birdies. I’m not like a huge birdie machine usually, but nine birdies (Sunday) offset bogeys, which can happen on this golf course — it’s just really, really tough. To do that was weird for me,” he said.
“It gives me a lot of confidence going forward. I putted better than I have all year this week and that’s a good feeling and to know I had to come here and finish, say, top five or six. To know I had to do it, I did it, it’s a big boost for me,” said Fritsch.
To describe his situation as precarious would be understating it, but Fritsch was up for the challenge with a lot riding on it. He may be called upon to do the same this year should he be in contention on Sunday at a PGA Tour event.
“Truthfully, I struggled on the weekends this year and this was one of the few times this year where I really got it done on the weekend, so that’s also a huge step forward for me,” said Fritsch, who actually missed four consecutive cuts if you include the Wyndham Championship, where he finished his rookie year.
“I didn’t have a ton of confidence coming into this week. I missed four cuts in a row overall, so I was struggling a little bit,” he said.
“As I played the practice rounds, as I played the first couple of rounds, it’s not like I was playing really well,” said Fritsch, who opened with a first round 70, followed by a couple of 68s.
“It all came out (Sunday). I’m just pretty thankful, on a pretty tough day, to have that round,” he added.
It didn’t come without testing Fritsch. After five birdies against just one bogey on the first eight holes, he double bogeyed the ninth with a wayward six iron and an inability to get it up and down.
For a guy with a lack of confidence, he showed a lot of poise when it could have unraveled on him.
“I told my caddie that we played six through nine, which is basically the hardest stretch of the golf course I think, we played it even par. We made two birdies and a double. Standing on the sixth tee, I probably would have taken that,” he said.
“I happened to birdie 10, 11 and 12, so at that point, I started thinking about now we’re not playing for the tour card, now we’re trying to win the golf tournament and that’s kind of a better way to think anyway, trying not to play defensively, trying to stay aggressive, good smart shots, but aggressive shots,” he said.
“That’s what I continued to do,” said Fritsch, who had a couple of bogeys and a birdie the rest of the way.
With full-time status secured, he looks forward, with an eye on the past as he builds upon the experiences of the last year and what happened at the WebDotCom Tour Championship.
“I don’t think I’ll do anything differently. I think just the overall experience will help me going forward,” said Fritsch.
“Obviously, I’ll have played a lot of the golf courses. That’s important. That’s something I didn’t necessarily struggle with this year, but it’s an advantage to have played them before,” he added.