Fritsch cruises to medalist honors at Q-School|
Palm Beach Gardens, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brad Fritsch carded his fourth
round in the 60s on Tuesday as he cruised to medalist honors at the Web.com
Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Fritsch closed with a 6-under 66 to complete the 6-round marathon at 27-under-
par 402. The Canadian, who was a PGA Tour member the last two seasons, will be
exempt for the entire 2015 Web.com Tour season.
"I didn't come here to shoot 27-under. I'm surprised. I couldn't imagine
coming here and doing that," admitted Fritsch.
Andrew Landry posted a 3-under 68 to grab second place at minus-20. Dustin
Bray matched Fritsch's 66 and climbed into third at 19-under-par 410. Rhein
Gibson shot 68 to finish in fourth at minus-18.
Seamus Power (68) and Tain Lee (69) shared fifth place at 16-under-par 413.
The leaders played the final round on the par-71 Champion Course at PGA
National. Everyone in the field played three rounds on the Champion Course and
the par-72 Fazio Course at PGA National.
Those that finished second through 10th will be exempt for the first 12 or 13
events, while those that finished 11th through 49th will be exempt for the
first eight or nine events prior to the second reshuffle of the season. Every
other player in the field will have conditional status for 2015.
Fritsch started the day with a 5-stroke cushion, and he remained that far
ahead for all but one hole in Tuesday's final round. After a pair of pars to
start his day, Fritsch made eagle at the par-5 third and birdie at the fourth
to push his lead to seven strokes.
The 36-year-old Canadian stumbled to a bogey on the seventh, but atoned for
that mistake with a birdie on No. 9. He also birdied the 10th to remain six
clear of Landry.
A 2-shot swing at the 11th moved Landry within four. He made birdie at the
par-4, while Fritsch tripped to his second bogey of the day. Fritsch came
right back with a birdie at the 12th to extend his advantage back to five.
Landry tumbled seven back as he faltered to a double-bogey on the 14th.
Fritsch stretched his lead with eight with a birdie at 16, before he closed
with a pair of pars.
"It was fantastic to be 3-under through four today. I can't tell you how
important that was," Fritsch said. "It basically eliminated all of the field,
except maybe Andrew, and I was watching what he was doing. I wouldn't have
been comfortable out there at even-par because he was making some birdies and
he would have been pretty close."
Landry had a pair of birdies on the front nine, then moved to 21-under with
back-to-back birdies at 10 and 11. After his double-bogey at 14, Landry parred
three straight before he birdied the last.
NOTES: Fritsch has played four full seasons on the Web.com Tour and has a pair
of runner-ups finishes and owns 13 top-10 finishes ... Fritsch ended the week
with 29 birdies ... Matt Fast was the only player in the top 10 on the
leaderboard after all six rounds ... Rob Oppenheim had a hole-in-one on the
par-3 fifth on the Champion Course.
12/16 18:31:16 ET