If we put it in the most Canadian of terms, it was like being down 3-0 in a Stanley Cup playoff round and coming back to win it.
Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., has earned his ticket back to the PGA Tour in spectacular fashion, but not without serious anxiety.
If you had put your dollars on Fritsch going into the WebDotCom Tour Finals that concluded yesterday in Ponte Vedra, Fla., those around you may have looked at you quizzically or sympathetically, but wouldn’t have taken you seriously after Fritsch missed the cut in the first three events of the WebDotCom Tour Finals.
After a rookie year on the PGA Tour in which he had a top-10 at the Farmers Insurance Open and experienced a back injury at the RBC Canadian Open, Fritsch missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship and finished the season 129th on the FedEx Cup points list.
You can read what he had to say at that point here.
While Fritsch would have gotten into PGA Tour events next season, he wouldn’t have had full-time status because he finished outside the top 125 in FedEx points.
After his inauspicious showing in the first three events of the WebDotCom Tour Finals, Fritsch needed an outstanding performance at the Tour Championship, but an even par 70 in the first round was hardly awe-inspiring.
Then, came a pair of 68s on Friday and Saturday, which left him tied for 18th, six shots off the lead, still with plenty of work to do in Sunday’s final round. Things looked promising when he opened with three consecutive birdies before a bogey on four.
Two more birdies over the next four holes put him back on course until a double bogey on the par four ninth had him making the turn at two under.
However, Fritsch opened the back nine the same way he began the front, with three consecutive birdies before recording bogeys on 14 and 17. He finished the day with nine birdies and put a final 66 on his scorecard to tie for second to regain his full-time PGA Tour status.
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